General Strike: A Day Without A Woman
For years unions in the US have used the strike — refusing to work until a labor contract is approved— as a tool to show the value of the employees to the business owner.
On November 8th Donald J. Trump was duly elected President of the United States. Many are unhappy about that election to the point that they have no problem usurping the rights of others.
They have shut down highways, disrupted traffic, trashed the areas where they protested, burned automobiles, and breaking windows on businesses.
Conservative speakers are not allowed on college campuses or shouted down if they want to take to the podium.
Women on Strike
The same group(s) that organized the Women’s March in Washington is planning another big event. Whether it will be big is another question.
The idea is for women not to show up for work on a particular day in the hopes of causing a disruption in our economic system.
Apparently the date will be announced in the future as they try to pick the most disruptive day possible.
So no thought to the employer that provides all the dollars for each of these women to put food on their table and clothes on their kid’s backs.
Demonstrations Are Getting Old
What if you planned a demonstration and no one showed up? I think we are fast approaching the day when demonstrations, just by their sheer numbers, become old hat and are no longer effective.
They will eventually go the way of streaking from the 70s.
Think of the work involved?
You have to make a cutesy sign, stand all day, listen to endless speeches, and then go home wondering why you went and seeing no change in society the next day?
Economic Effect of A Woman's Strike
Most small businesses have sick leave and some even have personal days off.
Why? Because they understand that people have lives outside of work and there are important things that must be taken care of during business hours.
But to take a day off for something that will have little to zero effect on the economy seems like an affront to your employer.
If part of your strike were to go out and spend at least $100 dollars on that Strike Day then you’d have my blessing.
Take your time and budget for it. I know for some $100 is a lot to spend in one lump sum.
Let’s say one million women take the day off, or strike, and spend a $100 that would put an additional $100 million dollars into the economy.
But you would run the risk that you might accidentally buy something that would benefit your nemesis Donald Trump.
That would demonstrate your real power rather than not showing up for work. Your day off is built into the employer’s budget.
Some Final Thoughts
Now taking a month off from work would surely send a message.
But who’s dedicated enough to use their vacation, all their sick days, and personal days to protest someone who will be in office for the next four years no matter what you do?
I’m guessing not many who depend on a regular paycheck.