America’s populist cowboy tips his stetson in support of Mott’s workers

While both of New York’s U.S. Senators, the state attorney general, and even country singer Steve Earle have previously asked Mott’s to go to the bargaining table with their striking workers, only yesterday did a cowboy decide to throw his hat in the ring.

Jim Hightower, “America’s #1 Populist,” released an amazing article and audio commentary on his website that shows his support for the workers, who have been striking for over four months to keep their wages and pensions from being slashed. Not only did Hightower express solidarity, he successfully proved that the workers in Williamson, New York have become a telling example of the challenges employees face in workplaces across the United States of America.

“This is not just about them, but about what America will be,” Hightower said. “It’s a courageous stand for the middle class and our country’s commitment to economic justice.”

Mott’s management thinks that they can treat their workers “as a commodity like soybeans” and get away with it. But no company has the right to treat their employees as an expendable/faceless commodity. The workers at the Mott’s factory are taking a huge risk by refusing to accept the proffered, demeaning contract. But by doing so, they are showing the country that all of America’s working people deserve respect on the job and a chance to speak up for their interests when faced with mistreatment and needless pay cuts.

Who’ll take a stand for America’s founding ethic of the common good? You won’t get such leadership from Washington – and damned sure not from those in the corporate suites who’re ruthlessly pushing an ethic of uncommon greed, saying to the middle class: “Adios chumps.”

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