Labor Day in Detroit brought out the biggest labor unions as they came out to support the Metropolitan Detroit AFL-CIO Solidarity Labor Day Parade on Woodward Avenue Downtown Detroit this morning.
The Unions were marching for a return of manufacturing jobs to the mostly blue-collar workers in around the city of Detroit; they were also marching to raise awareness for better and more stable wages along with worker’s rights.
This is especially important as the city of Detroit and Mayor Bing try to work with the local unions serving the citizens of Detroit to cut their wages and benefits during these tough economic times.
Even though Mayor Bing is trying to cut the union contracts he was still out in support of the overall message of the unions, unfortunately the city of Detroit has such budget problems, that Mayor Bing has no choice but to cut jobs and benefits.
Most of the major unions were there to also support democratic nominee for governor, Virg Bernero; other major Michigan democrats were also present such as Senator Debbie Stabenow and Representative John Dingell both trying to regain some voter support after a tough year in Congress.
Even though most of the unions were behind the democratic nominee, the Michigan Carpenters Union came out to support our republican candidate for Governor Rick Snyder. Unfortunately for Snyder a pretty large number of protestors came out also, some dressed in the iconic Gateway Computer Cow Suits, and chanted in protest over Rick Snyder’s outsourcing of American jobs while CEO of the company.
This is the first real public test Snyder is going to have to face about his past with Gateway Computers, Snyder commented back that he actually created U.S. jobs while CEO of Gateway. While that is true, it is undeniable that Gateway Computers under the guidance of CEO Rick Snyder outsourced many more jobs in order to keep the company viable and sustainable.
This type of half-truth could really put the brakes on the so far successful Snyder campaign, and while many contend that he wasn’t solely responsible for the massive outsourcing of American manufacturing jobs, the CEO is ultimately responsible.
I don’t personal blame Rick Snyder, the culture of corporations is to minimize human resource costs while increasing speed to market and productivity; outsourcing kills two birds with one stone. The problem I have with candidate Rick Snyder is that he keeps talking about running the state like a business, but the citizens he would serve as governor aren’t a bottom line to raise the price of stock with. This cold and calculated persona of a super geek business mogul is going to turn a lot of blue-collar, wearing hearts on sleeves, mostly out of work Michiganders towards the warmth of Virg Bernero’s populous campaign.
While I am not in favor of Rick Snyder’s Lieutenant Governor pick, I am still not convinced that the Bernero campaign can fix the severely broken economy here in Michigan, and even though Rick Snyder fixed a broken corporation I’m not sure running a state the same way would be successful path either.
Luckily we still have some time to figure out who both of these candidates really are and if either one of them can actually help pull Michigan out of one of its darkest moments, the majority of the labor unions in Michigan have already decided Virg Bernero is the man to get that job done.