I’m sure there are lots of stories like this one out there:
Scores of workers laid off from a factory here [Chicago] that makes windows and doors have refused to leave, deciding to stage a “peaceful occupation” of the plant around the clock this weekend as they demand pay they say is owed them.
I don’t have a good memory of my grade eight history classes when we learnt about the Great Depression, but I imagine there were stories like this from those early days. The photo below is from the trip made by unemployed men traveling from Kamloops, BC, attempting to get to Ottawa to protest at Parliament.
This isn’t likely to be the last story we hear of these passive attempts at some sort of justice from employers who just couldn’t maintain the staff levels or operate the company any longer – but who is going to look after all of these workers? In the Great Depression, the majority of workers were men, now the level of women employed means that the lost or missed income per household has the potential to be even more devastating than ever before.
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I think that if things got really out of hand again, like they did in the 30’s, the federal government will respond according to it’s best interests for as long as and as much as possible – which is to provide assistance to the company and the workers. This would have the effect of continuing an apparent normality in the face of an uncertain future, essecnitally passifying the workers. If this doesn’t work, or appear to work, a poice state, even in localized areas would likely be necessary – The US is already well prepared for that eventuallity with a plan to ensure 20,000 battle ready troops to be prepared for homeland security by 2011.
All just my thoughts, but I do wonder which organizations are actually equipped to deal with cases like this across North America in the event of a further economic melt-down precipitated by Peak Oil or other catastrophe.