The employer class has been at war with its workers, in some ways, from the beginning of this country, whether it was the enslavement of Africans or the indentured servitude of Africans, as well as European immigrants.
If you look at the entire history of this country, it is the most abusive country when it comes to the treatment of its workers of any of the advanced industrial countries. You would have strikes in the 19th century, early 20th century, where the state militia was brought out. In Louisiana, they brought out field artillery. So when people ask is this country at war with its workers? It’s not a new phenomenon.
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Bill Fletcher, Jr. is an author, longtime activist and co-founder of the Center for Labor Renewal.