COMMENTARY: The following is an article on the history and evolution of concession bargaining in the US that is perhaps appropriate this labor day 2011. It briefly traces how concession bargaining at the shop level has, since the late 1970s, evolved, transitioned recently to the public sector, and now is morphing into an attack on the ‘social wage’ (social security, medicare, etc.) at the grand ‘political’ level as the economic class war in the US intensifies and moves into every ‘nook and cranny’ of the economy. We are witnessing in Congress and the Obama administration today (political) ‘management’ decisions to cut (social) wages just as for decades corporate management cut wages and benefits at the shop or company level. Of course, it’s the same ‘corporate management’ that has been driving both. Having accomplished much of their concession bargaining goals at the shop level in recent decades, they are now-through their political managers-attempting the same at the social level.
‘Concession Bargaining At the Crossroads’ by Jack Rasmus, copyright August 7, 2011