Wednesday, March 08, 2006
But you didn't get it, did you? You got a STRIKE.
STRIKES are supposed to do that.
They are supposed to make the normal flow of events, work, etc. NOT work normally.
A strike is supposed to make things difficult, for the management and company owners, to call attention to the plight of the people on strike, to point out greivences.
A strike is supposed to show others outside of their work environment, what the workers are striking about. A strike allows the strikers to get the word out to others what kind of conditions they are objecting to and what the strikers are trying to get made better. A strike is a tool of the employee to get the employeer to pay attention.
A know this is a concept foreign to the students of today's generation. They don't realize that not only strikers but "innocent bystanders" are inconvienced by a strike. It's done to prove a point to the management, it's done so that the normal work day is interrupted. It's done to make people sit up and pay attention. It's done so that the innocent bystander will say to management, what the heck are you going to do to fix this?
At UM only those of us who have lived through STRIKES during out lifetimes know what that means. The student's still think it's all about "them."
I wonder when this generation of young students is going to realize it isn't?