Tuesday, November 10, 2015


Some Missouri college football players this week showed us the tremendous power of Labor. By merely threatening to withhold theirs, and thereby holding out the threat of costing the power structure they labor under significant money, they got in a matter of hours exactly what they wanted, the head of the power structure's top man.

After talking to some coaches and administrators about what took place in Missouri, Miami Herald sports columnist Sam Mellinger writes that the power dynamics of college sports are changed forever.

The Missouri players' $4 million a year foreman -- Coach Pinkel -- had no choice but to side with his players. He, and the now former college president Tim Wolfe, have come to realize that they, like the so called titans of industry, and all the rest of the bosses, are extraneous, that without football players there is no football. Just as without workers, there's no business. No producing, no customers. Nothing.

Like it says in the classic Labor song Solidarity Forever:
They have taken untold millions that they never toiled to earn,
But without our brain and muscle not a single wheel can turn

In our hands is placed a power greater than their hoarded gold,
Greater than the might of armies, multiplied a thousand-fold

American workers, Americans, behold.

The solidarity photo Missouri football players posted with their strike threat

1 comment:

  1. A most interesting and apt analogy. As a high school worker and union negotiator I can relate.