Meanwhile, the economic downturn (jumpin' jebus on a pogo stick, let's just call it a friggin' depression) continues to wreak havoc on Europe's economies; and Europeans are decidedly unhappy about it.
Americans haven't gotten to that point; and the case could certainly be made that we won't-- trade unionism has been stigmatized since the Reagan Revolution and workers are hesitant to sign up (witness the fight against Card Check.) Trade unions here in the US aren't quite toothless, but they've a denture or two.
What we do have here in America is guns, and lots of them. When the American working class decides it's had enough, very bad things will happen.