The Factory isn't Going to Run on Monday.
A letter from a Product Operations Lead, at a Wisconsin-based Fortune 500 company
“We promised we'd strike if Roe was struck down, FAFO style, and now it's no time for the "find out" part of the program. Promises kept.
Eleven critical employees and I will not be going to work at the factory on Monday. Without us, the factory won't run or will run so badly that it may as well not run at all. Orders will be delayed, deadlines will pass, critical systems will not function, and the end-of-month quota may be missed outright as well. The cost to the company will be significant, and they will be extremely unhappy with us.
So be it; the rights of my fellow Americans are more important than the bonuses and overtime we'll lose, and the discipline we'll no doubt receive individually. Some of us, myself included, may be terminated outright. I'll say it again, so be it- if there was ever a cause and a time to stand up, this is that cause, and this is that time.
Perhaps I'm old-fashioned in my stance on this. I believe that as an American, it's my duty to help my fellow Americans when they're hurt; and every woman in the country has been badly hurt by this barbaric decision. We now have an obligation to DO something about it.
I understand that not everyone can follow us. some of you need the hours, the money, the benefits, and so on- and I get that. But I would implore those who are able, those who are on the fence as I was about whether this is the right catalyst for real change, the right time to act, the right time to do something- what possible cause or time would be better?
It's been said that people want a leader to look to, and to follow down the road to progress. I'd echo what I've heard in many ways from so many inspired leaders before: we are the leaders we're looking for.
I'm striking for all the women whose rights have been stolen from them on Monday. Are you with me?”
In my honest opinion, this isn’t the route that I would choose as ultimately the government seems to win. Also, I do believe strongly in capitalism and more times than not capitalists won’t back a strike. However, there are also times in which those holding the protest win. This specific instance reminds me of the learning about the USPS strike in the 70s. They had to call the National Guard because it was the only group with “enough clearance” to handle mail.
It didn’t go well and eventually led to the creation of the postal unions that are still evolving today. Sometimes, just walking out is a huge benefit to freedom. If the wheels can’t turn, they can’t make money.
The negative is that as a general note, USPS's labor unions are absolutely neutered at this point, with an open threat of massive fines for striking.