They say that China is currently undergoing the largest military build-up since Japan’s efforts prior to World War II.
Hmmm. I can’t say that makes me feel exactly safe. Although conventional wisdom seems to suggest that an economic dispute with China ( the most likely precursor to war ) would result in some kind of cyber attack that would cripple our ability to function and provide services. In other words, they might be more inclined to try and undermine The US from within by causing pandemonium in the streets instead of a boring old conventional military attack. Somehow I’d rather take my chances with the former option rather than see Red-starred tanks rolling up on West State Street.
What the hell am I talking about??? Oh right, the CWA. Here in New Jersey, the state’s largest public employee union is also building up for war with the Christie Administration.
In a letter sent out to members last week, union leaders are asking for more money. They want to establish a Strategic Industry Fund that would pay for media defending public workers. That includes tv commercials. The local presidents have already approved this fund, and now they are asking members to sign off. It would cost an additional 1/10th of 1% of pay. They argue that almost every other bargaining unit in the country already pays more in dues specifically to cover media. Here in NJ for example, the NJEA already pays the special assessment.
The letter to CWA members reads “No one can work in New Jersey and not be aware of the attack we are under that includes budget cuts…a plan to eliminate Civil Service…and a “toolkit” designed to destroy us.”
It continues with “The disastrous economy has created the perfect storm for this Governor to make us “Public Enemy” number two, right behind the teachers.”
In nearly 30 years, CWA has never raised dues. So, it sounds like the sleeping giant is looking to quietly up-armor and be ready for what they believe will be a protracted war.