Conservative state legislators have struck back by attempting to strangle democracy at the local level. Despite all of the conservative political rhetoric about local control and local initiative, when it comes to the rights of workers, this is quickly forgotten. Replacing local control are directives from the state capitals made at the request of business lobbies that see the only way to improve their—business—situation as being through ruining the situation of the worker.
In the November 2014 elections, there will exist the possibility, in many states, to turn this around. In addition to court action challenging such outrageous state legislative actions, the most powerful response should be success at the polls by candidates who are actually interested in representing working people.
The crushing of the working person, in the name of improving the climate for business, obviously does nothing positive for working people. It also does nothing positive for democracy. It actually represents a further demonstration of the evolution of the U.S.A. toward nothing short of a plutocracy: a society dominated by a small minority of its wealthiest citizens.
(Bill Fletcher Jr. is a racial justice, labor and global justice writer and activist. He is the author of “They’re Bankrupting Us” — And Twenty Other Myths about Unions. Follow him on Facebook and at http://www.billfletcherjr.com.)