Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Rumi Day 6: Fragments and Fragmented

Between Wisconsin voting to do away with collective bargaining union rights and South Dakota voting to legalize killing Abortion Doctors, I feel that lost in a sea of mania. It seems pointless to ask why after living through the Bush 2 years such questioning fails to get at the extreme nature of GOP insanity. What I don't understand, what I will never understand, is how anyone who isn't a CEO or better yet in at least the top 10% of the nations income bracket wouldn't support unions. Unions gave us the eight hour workday, weekends, sick time and vacation days, as well as healthcare. Nurses, teachers, and government workers are some of the last of the working class to maintain dignified working conditions. Why isn't it obvious that we as a group of workers should have the right to bargain for fair wages and benefits? I don't understand the disconnect.

In terms of South Dakota, I have no clue what there problem is or who even lives there? Actually I know one person who lives there and he's a great person. What scares me is that I just don't know if my peers really understand the magnitude of Women and Workers losing rights. Perhaps many of them do, I know I haven't been talking about it lately and every time the VT Workers Center calls to ask for my support or update me on what they're doing I make an excuse to get off the phone.

About Rumi: I chose this because we are now all waiting for spring.

Come to the orchard in spring.

There is light and wine and sweethearts

in the pomegranate flowers.

If you do not come, these do not matter.

If you do come, these do not matter.

*translated by Coleman Barks

1 comment:

Sarah S. said...

Yes, just yes, on all of this. Your puzzlement about our generations' hostility to unions is something I've been talking about all week. I don't get it either.