Saturday, March 05, 2011

Pete Seeger: "you get paid a decent wage because of unions. It's not because of the generosity of the employer"

Pete Seeger supports the struggle of the Wisconsin workers. The capitalists want to destroy the right of the people to collectively bargain. Would they be in favor of re-imposing Feudalism?

CBS NEWS reports that folk music legend Pete Seeger, who has been singing about union rights since the 1940s, told The Associated Press he's pulling for the demonstrators in Wisconsin who want to stop a bill taking away collective bargaining rights from public workers.

"Maybe the Republican governor, he's done us a favor by bringing the problem to national attention," the 91-year-old Seeger said in a telephone interview from his New York home. "It shows the whole country how much we need unions. We may end up thanking him."

"Without collective bargaining rights we'd be right back to primitive times," Seeger said. "The average American, I think, looks upon unions as a standard way of doing business. Just like you pay rent, you pay taxes, you also get paid a decent wage because of unions. It's not because of the generosity of the employer."

Seeger, who has sung at thousands of rallies including one this week at a union hall near his home, said he is heartened by the number of people protesting in Madison.

"It shows me that Americans are still Americans," he said. "You don't become an American by saluting at the right time or singing the national anthem at the right time. You become an American by using the rights which the Constitution gave us."

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