There was a time in our nation's history when workers needed to come together and stand strong in solidarity and union. The tragedies that took place in 19th century America regarding unsafe working conditions, low pay, and even children forced into labor created the environment where union growth was not just an advantage, but in many cases, it was a necessity.
However, unions in America since World War II have become more of a political machine than a formalized labor co-op, and in many cases, seek to dominate businesses and corporations through coercion, and sometimes violence. This mentality was validated on Jan. 7 when the head of the Chicago Teachers Union told members at the Labor History Society that violence and murder were an integral part of the unions beginnings, and opined that the disparity between the rich and poor today was nearing a point where such tactics may be called into practice again.
Do not think for a minute that the wealthy are ever going to allow you to legislate their riches away from them. Please understand that. However, we are in a moment where the wealth disparity in this country is very reminiscent of the robber baron ages. The labor leaders of that time, though, were ready to kill. They were. They were just – off with their heads. They were seriously talking about that. - Mediaite.com
It has been less than two years since teachers in the state of Wisconsin, and from surrounding areas, protested and committed physical violence to property and persons over a proposed hike of just 2% to employee health insurance premiums because the state government needed to balance a budget deficit. Additionally, union violence in late December in the state of Michigan left several people injured, including Fox news reporter Steven Crowder. Both of these events occurred over state legislatures asking their employees to adjust their contracts to help balance a growing budget deficit that was due to vastly slowing economic conditions, and shrinking tax revenues.
Since Barack Obama took office in 2009, union power and violence has increased across the nation as union lobby's are experiencing tremendous gains of support from a president who himself, was nurtured in the politics of unions and community organization. Besides receiving beneficial treatment over investors in the General Motors bankruptcy and government takeover, many unions have actually received wavers from the tax and regulatory strictures of nationalized Obamacare.
The class envy and growing hatred between the rich and poor is best publicized by the Occupy Wall Street movements, and the growing power that unions now hold over local and state governments. As this power continues to grow unchecked, and political representatives like those in the White House continue to allow greater union power to succeed in future contract negotiations, the subtle threats by the head of the Chicago Teachers Union that the violence which was a viable policy for unions in the past, could once again be seen in the 21st century as hatred for the wealthy grows at alarming rates.