It is sort of odd that last night I watched the Labour Party Leader debate elections in Britain and on Saturday had a rather nice birthday barbecue for much of our family and many of his friends. All of this has happened in such a way that one might expect me really to be in the Labor Day spirit. However actually I am not. I have never really belonged to a union. There was a Communist Party official available to help me with labor issues when I was a teacher in China but although I spoke to many including some Communist Party members when I needed help I did not ever look up this individual. His brochure was all in Chinese and my Chinese is very poor. I used to have coffee with union reps on some jobs but they never really asked me to join. I worked in one all unionized shop in college and it was kind of a bad experience.
Much of this blog is about really making constitutional changes. That bridge having been crossed is transformative. I am deeply discouraged with the system we have and would like it very much changed. In my writings on the subject of such changes I have discussed a number of things that slightly touch on the issues of labor and unionization but not so directly. Today I will lay out my vision of that aspect of life and society as perhaps it ought to be.
I. Change in the Anti-Trust Laws and Guilds
A. Classes of Guilds
1. First Class Guilds
First, I think that the laws should be changed so that competition is structured and policed within a guild system. Every corporation and most capitalized unincorporated businesses over a certain size would be penalized for failure to join at least one guild as required by new laws. Each corporation would be required to transfer two percent of it s profits and one mil of its operating budget each year to be shared among the Guilds to which it belongs. Guilds would be required to set aside a portion of their revenues for labor guilds that are associate with them perhaps dividing five percent of their own guild income directly with these guilds. These guilds would have a main guild hall and branches, would work to set and police standards of production, waste management, safety and other things.
These guilds would be such as Old Steel Mills Guild, Detroit Auto Guild or Texas-Oklahoma Cattle Guild. Each Guild would have a geographical limit in its charter which could be as large as the country but multi-state regions and state guilds would be easier to charter. There would be classes of Members. Top class Members of the guilds would have to live and work in the geographical area, own the principal means of production an employ people in making things or providing services certified by the guild. Second Class members would be fictional persons such as corporations and their majority shareholder officers who otherwise meet these standards. Then differing classes would follow.
2. Second Class Guilds
These guilds would be made up of tradesmen and craftsmen, truckers and merchants who own their own principal tools and employ few people in producing their goods and services. These people would receive half as much from the first class guilds with which they are associated as would the lower classes of guilds. but they would have more rights with regards to the government and legal collective bargaining. The would also have guildhalls and payments by law from income and capital budgets.
3. Third Class Guilds
The third class guilds would have members who hold special licenses and own such tools as they can personally transport back and forth from their employer’s premises at the end of each shift or a week or so of shifts worked. They would also have guildhalls and payments by law from income and capital budgets.
4. Fourth Class Guilds
These guilds would consist of laborers selling their more or less skilled work and using the capital of others. Each would be required to pay a patronage fee of one tenth its total income to at least one and no more than three Third Class Guilds which would help guide it and hire or promote some of its members. The would also have guildhalls and payments by law from income and capital budgets.
B. Obligations and Functions of Guilds
1. Guilds would have an obligation to operate a work bank for family member of their own members as well as unemployed members. There would be a menu of things they would capitalize as their means increased. Wedding and Funeral reception spaces contracting the actual services with existing businesses or allowing members to do the minimum on their own. Health and dental clinics for members. A well priced set of youth camps and vacation spots as well as college scholarships. All of this would be a menu of capital assets as they acquired wealth.
2. They would have substantial powers in collective bargaining and regulatory law representation.
3. Any time a member received punitive, exemplary or other special damages from a court for guild related activity the guild would receive part of the award into its capital funds.
4.Unions could join guilds as they are created and remain on as certified Guild Council factions and guild agencies.
5. Each guild would have a charter spelling out familial rights and privileges and would be required to spend two percent of its budget each year on programs and projects geared to the benefit of members family associations.
6. Each Guild would operate either an intern program or a day labor program depending on its class so that those wishing to get into the guild can be aware of how the guild works and how best to get into it. However, guilds will be entitled to exclude members for many reasons.
C. Special Privileges of the Guilds
1. The federal government will distribute one percent of all revenue it collects among the capital trusts of the guilds each year. A third will be divided among the guilds according to a formula that does not take into account annual performance. E third will be divided by the fulfillment of the general standards for best guilds and each guild will receive a share according to a performance score. The last third will be in a relatively few awards presented at a banquet for winners of prizes based on great excellence.
2. No less than seventy percent of all government vendors in each and every sense and category shall be Guild approved interests.
II. Networking Life Enhancement
The new Labor and all the guilds will be directed to work with family associations, constitutional jurisdictions and other entities to create many resources for a better life for each and every kind of worker without lying. There is not going to be infinite opportunity nor horribly expensive equality if the revolution I am seeking does come.