As I headed out from ICP I came across this group of Union people picketing the construction site of a new Times Square Hotel.
This gentleman is biking 4000 miles in support of police and fire personnel (union members mostly) killed in the line of duty and in support of wounded vets.
Members of the New York City District Council United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America are picketing RNC Industries who, they say, does not pay area standard wages and benefits. It was a small but very vocal demonstration.
The core issue, of course, is that if one company does not pay area standards then every company won’t and wages will be depressed even further than they are which will help to continue the erosion of the middle class. Click on the chart below to see how the decline in union membership mirrors the decline of middle class income. Or read the article at The Erstwhile Conservative which is where I first saw this chart. You can also find it on Maddow Blog, thinkprogress.org and other places. Is it cause and effect? I can’t say but it is certainly suggestive.
The Way That Young Lovers Do
“We strolled through fields, all wet with rain
And back along the lane again
There in the sunshine, in the sweet summertime
The way that young lovers do”
Today was a very quick river visit. I knew that I had a small window of opportunity which was at mid-day (not my favorite shooting time as the light is often at its least interesting). I had just reached the river and started shooting when I got a text message that required my attention back in the world. But I still had a chance to clear my head (even if I didn’t get to my “zen place”) and think about some stuff (I love the vagueness of that word.) that needed attention.
Later in the day I read about the continuing growth of people in poverty, the continuing collapse of the middle class, and the continuing rise of the super rich, aided and abetted both by our wholly owned politicians and the voters, those people in poverty and that vanishing middle class, who keep voting against their own interests…THE LOST DECADE