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OnDaFence 31M/39M
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2/5/2019 8:28 pm

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Thirty Years Ago..



On February 6th 1989 Solidarity union leader Lech Wałęsa began negotiating with Polish government in what British Prime minister Margret Thatcher stated
"How do you see the process from where you are now to where you want to be? Because whatever you want to do, it's not only what you want to do, but how, in a practical way, you see it coming about,"



The strike that changed the world began around dawn on 14 August 1980. Some 17,000 workers seized control of the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk to protest, among other things, a recent rise in food prices. Their leader, Lech Walesa, had narrowly avoided arrest by secret police that morning, and had managed to scale the shipyard gate and join the workers inside. Soon, workers in 20 other area factories joined the strike in solidarity.



Seventeen days later, after negotiations with Poland's Communist government, the burly, mustachioed Walesa appeared before the workers in the shipyard with an historic message: "We have an independent, self-governing trade union! [crowd cheers] We have the right to strike!"



Walesa and Poland's first deputy prime minister, Mieczyslaw Jagielski, had signed a deal granting the workers their main demands: the right to organize freely and to strike. Those were rights accorded under conventions by the International Labor Organization, of which Poland was a signatory. But this was the first time that any Communist government had put them into practice.



The workers had other demands, such as better wages and benefits, posted in a list of "21 postulates" on the shipyard door. But none was as crucial as the right to organize and strike.



Solidarity's underground efforts were also greatly aided by financial help from American trade unions, as well as moral support from Pope John Paul II. The pope published a major text -- the encyclical "On Human Work" -- and met with Walesa in 1983 for talks that made international headlines. Both acts, as well as the strategic partnership between the Polish Catholic Church and Solidarity, lent powerful legitimacy to the movement.



Faced with intense social and economic pressure, Jaruzelski finally agreed to talks with Solidarity in early 1989. Two months later, after historic roundtable talks, the two sides signed a 400-page agreement on sweeping political and economic reforms that officially recognized Solidarity.



In June 1989, in the first free elections ever in the communist bloc, Solidarity won the maximum number of seats allowed in both houses of parliament. And with two smaller parties, it formed the first non-Communist government in the Soviet bloc.



Six months later, the Berlin Wall came crumbling down.

OnDaFence 31M/39M
26917 posts
2/5/2019 8:30 pm

Another winter storm warning issued for us............


OnDaFence 31M/39M
26917 posts
2/5/2019 8:30 pm

Rain Sleet Snow ICE


OnDaFence 31M/39M
26917 posts
2/5/2019 8:31 pm

What happened to that Groundrodent's Prediction???


OnDaFence 31M/39M
26917 posts
2/5/2019 8:32 pm

From Noon Tomorrow until noon Thursday....


bychance4709 56M
1412 posts
2/5/2019 8:50 pm

Keep that winter stuff up north please. Excellent blog, wonder what Crazy Bernie & AOC think of Lech.


Hungr4Yungr 69M
3778 posts
2/5/2019 9:17 pm

An excellent recollection of very important political history that happened within most of our lifetimes. We sometimes forget that history is being made every day, and not just something from the distant past.

Sorry to hear that you have another impending storm. We are stuck under the polar vortex with temperatures well below -10F, and wind chills approaching or exceeding -40F. Brutal East wind. Many school buses are not running, and water line breaks are happening all over. There is no relief in sight.


OnDaFence 31M/39M
26917 posts
2/5/2019 10:29 pm

    Quoting bychance4709:
    Keep that winter stuff up north please. Excellent blog, wonder what Crazy Bernie & AOC think of Lech.
Had to laugh when AOC was forced to stand and cheer Trump tonight... One hell of a speech... now to BUILD THE WALL!


OnDaFence 31M/39M
26917 posts
2/5/2019 10:34 pm

    Quoting Hungr4Yungr:
    An excellent recollection of very important political history that happened within most of our lifetimes. We sometimes forget that history is being made every day, and not just something from the distant past.

    Sorry to hear that you have another impending storm. We are stuck under the polar vortex with temperatures well below -10F, and wind chills approaching or exceeding -40F. Brutal East wind. Many school buses are not running, and water line breaks are happening all over. There is no relief in sight.
I truly enjoy the "Cold War" history. In fact I just watched an interesting documentary on Russia's economic interests in the far North with mineral deposits coupled with Global warmings possibility of a northern sea route between China/Japan and Europe. YOU could use some global warming up there too! I need to get my butt into town and the bank before the dam storm hits. They are talking thunderstorms with the rain freezing as it comes down or on contact.


spotpuppy3 74M
27 posts
2/6/2019 7:17 am

the usa is not that labor friendly


Spicy_D69 56M  
509 posts
2/6/2019 4:38 pm

I remember this... dam I'm getting old


OnDaFence 31M/39M
26917 posts
2/6/2019 6:16 pm

    Quoting spotpuppy3:
    the usa is not that labor friendly
Not since President Reagan broke the Air Traffic Controller's Union coupled with the mafia control of many of the unions giving them a bad name such as with Jimmy Hoffa.


OnDaFence 31M/39M
26917 posts
2/6/2019 6:17 pm

    Quoting Spicy_D69:
    I remember this... dam I'm getting old
Still younger than OLD BiBBzie!


Spicy_D69 56M  
509 posts
2/6/2019 7:17 pm

    Quoting OnDaFence:
    Still younger than OLD BiBBzie!
Ha
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OnDaFence 31M/39M
26917 posts
2/6/2019 8:37 pm

She doesn't handle comments like those very well..............without her meds.