Alex was a worker at an Ohio factory. When his plant was bought out by a multinational corporation, he learned he learned how expendable he was to to the company.
Alex came down with the flu, which put him out of commission and out of work for three days. When he returned, he came armed with a doctor’s note explaining why he called in sick. The new plant manager didn’t accept the note because the doctor never said when Alex could come back to work. Alex got a revised note. This time the plant manager said he should have called in each day he was out. Alex explained in the past calling in on the first day was sufficient. The plant manager disagreed, and since he took three days off unannounced he was now on a five day suspension.
You can guess what happens next. The plant manager calls him after a few days and tells him they were looking for something better, so he was fired.
In the past, his union would have gone to bat for him, but with the plant under new management, his union rep no longer had the relationship with plant management that he used to have so they couldn’t help Alex. Since his firing, he has gone from job to job in hopes of finding good stable work.
His union job offered security. It allowed him to buy a house, raise a family and have a good life. In his current situation he has to work much hard and probably for much less to keep that security.
For the last four years, four very long years, Donald Trump stumbled, bumbled, lied and damaged the American experiment. However, Trump is a symptom of something that is wrong in our political system. His win and the nightmare of his administration should have been a time for our political elites to do some introspection to determine where has the system let people down.