Indiana’s GOP Governor Mitch Daniels followed through with his threat to screw workers on Wednesday and signed the RTW bill into law. I say “screw” because he told labor he would not enact RTW in Indiana, but that was when he needed their vote. As a worker of another RTW state (Arizona), I don’t envy Indiana’s workers. Arizona wages are low, unbelievably low, and you can forget about health care and pension benefits.
Fortunately, thanks to ol’ Scott Walker, labor is energized and protests are widespread and supported by the majority of Americans. The Super Bowl will be ground zero for this weekend’s protests by both labor and the NFL Players Association. According to ThinkProgress, DeMaurice Smith, the executive director of the NFL Players Association, will participate in the protest. I hope to see some NFL players in the protests, and to hear a mention of it during the pre-game show.
This kind of organization feels much like that of the #OWS movement, and Salon has that one way of fighting the RTW law would be by treating the labor movement as an #OWS-style movement, instead of a business. There’s some merit to that argument, but I say, whatever gets the job done.