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The one thing I'd add into that mix is
4) Voter supression. I've been scrubbed from the roles before, and found out about on election day. It sucks. If I had been on the edge about voting because of (2), that experience probably would have been enough to push me over.
Your experience will depend on where you are. Organization and activity decisions are largely left up to the locals. They're a big tent organization, so some areas will be more marxists or anarchists or whatever, while others will be more social democratic.
The larger cities have been doing some pretty good stuff lately.
... I think we might actually strike.
Contract runs out Aug 1. Haven't heard anything from the union about voting on the proposal.
The alternative is agreeing to extend the life of the old contract. That'd be the second time in a row.
On funner news, I think my long bogged down project to design a 3d printer is almost done. Just need to calibrate some tolerances. Right now I need a press to fit some of the dovetail joins together.
I've handled an absolute fuckton worth of parcels. Millions by this point.
There's gotta be some social value in that. Even once you discount all the online retail brick-a-brac facilitated.
I'm not sure what this says about me, this one has hit home for a while now.
On the "better music" front:
Link to the Washington Post bit from the second paragraph: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2018/03/01/if-the-supreme-court-rules-against-unions-conservatives-wont-like-what-happens-next
I can't decide if conservatives really want to destroy the current model of business unionism, or want to simply reduce it to a husk.