Larry Rose came to Medellin about five years ago. Since then he's found a creative, dynamic, upfront city populated by wonderful people so very proud of this place.. This blog is filled with opinions, and a few How-To articles.
LABOR DAY REFLECTIONS from COLOMBIA
About Labor Day... I am personally proud of my role in supporting my local NEA = APT teacher's unions as a member. local rep and state council member. I am also proud of my family's membership and leadership roles in the TWU, ILGWU, Teamsters, and Milliner's Union during the 20th century.
Without the labor movement the country would have fallen to Fascism or Communism. That didn't happen! Thank the Unions! Thank the organized labor movement.
Do what you can to support the workers of our nation.
PS... I live in a country that does not have a labor movement, Colombia. It has, at best, weak consolidations of farmers and miners. As a result, although Colombia never was quite a Fascist State or a Communist State, it was always a constitutional democracy, it teetered, and the country during the twentieth century was weak and in a state of terror and violence unknown in the United States. If the workers had had the opportunity to organize, to see to the well-being of all the people through decent work rules, pay, benefits and other social institutions, it might not have fallen to narcoterrorism and it might today be richer and more prosperous than it is.
The state has taken over the role of benefactor to the workers through socialism subsidizing education, farm policies, health care, public works, transportation, child care, welfare and so forth. It is late to the gate but the future is bright. In the last ten years another 20% of Colombia's population has moved into the middle class. Still, if the country could have been strong through a strong workers' movement seventy years ago, who knows? We've written before about the damage that having a super power exploiting Colombia has wrought. But maybe that too could have been mitigated by a strong labor movement during the last century and into the present.