The conservative, corporate media is presenting the issue as railroad workers holding the economy hostage for sick days.
The reality is that it is the railroad companies, who are enjoying record profits of $8.7 billion dollars that dwarf the cost of the seven sick days (one third of a billion dollars).
The railroad workers are leveraging the market value of their labor. When corporations do this, it is called “capitalism.” When workers do this, the wealthy corporate elite whine and cry and throw tantrums.
No one who opposes the workers can claim to believe in free markets.
If the railroad workers’ labor is so valuable that shutting it down would cost the economy two billion dollars a day, then maybe the workers who are so valuable deserve a few sick days.
It is not the workers holding the economy hostage; it is wealthy corporate owners who would be willing to collapse the economy to avoid covering sick days that would cost them a tiny sliver of a fraction of the huge windfall profits they are reaping.
May 06, 2022