[comment at WAMC Vox Pop ... Unions]
In the early 70's, the Int'l Typographical Union was just starting to
lose momentum because of technology ... since then the printing
industry has changed enormously. When I worked in NY, the ITU had
170,000 members. When it merged with the CWA in 1986 it had 16,000.
Improving productivity and lowering cost in any manufacturing or
industrial process -- as we all encourage -- means changing the
Energy generation using nuclear and fossil fuels not
only CAN be eliminated, it MUST be eliminated to reduce life threatening
production of greenhouse gas (not to mention local pollution and
waste). All the associated "externalities": drillers, miners, refiners, loaders, drivers,
machinists and production workers -- not enough of whom are union--
need to "transition" along with the families and communities their
Detroit, Pittsburgh, Akron and many rust-belt industries "went south", both
literally and figuratively because of labor costs and technology advances. Even after five decades, their communities have barely even begun recovery.
addition to roof-top and parking lot solar, geothermal electricity
generation plants occupying the same footprint as fossil fuel plants
could eliminate green house gas from regional electricity generation --
all geothermal energy comes from directly below the plant and there are
very few "externalities". Geo is a key technology to develop for use
everywhere, forever but is being opposed by the fossil fuel commodities
trading and industrial complex. They are just beginning to recruit union
organizers as well.
What's the point? Union, green and $green don't play well together.