Labor Day, 2011, finds the average middleclass worker under attack regardless of being a union member or not.

As a union member, I feel like an alligator on that show where the alligator hunter yells “choot ’em,” the hunters being union-busting politicos from the far right such as U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, and U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La.

Collective bargaining agreements are being dismantled by politicos who are doing the bidding of the world’s most extreme, right-wing corporate CEOs.

Teachers, firefighters, police and government workers are at the front of the line having their livelihoods ripped from them with or without a collective bargaining agreement.

The union-busters are attacking by privatizing and stripping collective bargaining rights, civil service protections and tenure for teachers.

Right-wing Republicans are for job creation, as long as they are not created with any benefits, protections or a collective voice in the workplace.

The right wing of the Republican Party seems to forget that collective bargaining built the middle class that they’ve openly declared war on.

American workers in 2008 put power in Democrats’ hands in the White House and both houses of Congress, and all the middle class got was a half a loaf or no loaf at all.

Their time was spent lollygagging around in the name of bipartisanship.

Democrats wanted to be bipartisan with a party that didn’t have any intentions of being bipartisan whatsoever.

Democrats have done little for working people in the two years in which they had huge majorities in Congress.

Was the minimum wage increased?

Did they pass the Employee Free Choice Act?

The answers to both questions are no.

I’m fed up with them doing little or nothing when they were in power and then thumping their chests screaming about how they’re going to save us when they get back in power.

As a majority party, the Democrats are lame.

It seems to me Democrats give just enough face time to working people so not to feel guilty when they come begging for our time and money.

I am but one member of organized labor this Labor Day that will hold politicos accountable for their words.

Not keeping their word cost many Democrats their jobs in 2010.

It’s time for both parties to stop playing games with people’s lives and stand up for the middle class and union families that are part of the middle class.

As I see it my choice in the next election will be between a right-winger screaming “choot ’em” or a politician who lacks courage but wants to save me. Some choice huh?

Michael D. Day

union pipefitter

Baton Rouge