Edwards Sides with Striking Workers; Owner with Hillary
by TarHeel, Mon Aug 06, 2007 at 05:30:55 AM EDT
At a workers strike at a cement plant in Iowa, Edwards was talking to the workers.
Meanwhile, the Owner (Mark R. Jensen) being picketed put up a Hillary sign.
But, the scene turned tumultuous when union workers say they scuffled with the company's president.
During John Edwards campaign stop, Standard Ready Mix owner, Mark Jensen walked out with camera in hand. He also brought out a "Hillary for President" sign.
John Edwards, "Cute, that's cute."
Later after Edwards left, Teamsters started getting in their cars to leave from the "John's Cafe" parking lot. The lot is owned by Mark Jensen. That's where the trouble started.
Andrew Garlinghouse, Union Member, "I went to move my car because I heard he was down there hassling people. I went to move it and he said that'll be 20-dollars to get your car out of my lot. I told him I'm not paying you 20-dollars, I'm going to get my car out of here... and he pushed me."
It's a fee Jensen admitted charging.
Reporter to Mark Jensen, "How much are you charging?" Jensen, "I don't know." Reporter, "We heard 20-dollars, is that what you're charging?" Jensen, "That'll work."
Andrew Garlinghouse, the man who says Jensen assaulted him, says he plans on talking to the county attorney tomorrow about pressing charges.
Jensen says Garlinghouse walked into his hand.
Sounds like a good Hillary supporter huh?
Edwards appeared before about 200 people at an International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 554 rally for union members and supporters. The Sioux City local has been on strike since Oct. 16, and health care is a key issue in negotiations.
Edwards commended union members for "showing strength and courage in standing up for what's right."
If it had not been for organized labor, he said, his parents, brother and brother's family would not have health care.
Mark Jensen, owner of Standard Ready Mix, where the labor strike has been under way, placed a large "Hillary for President" sign in front of a cement truck near the Edwards rally.
"I believe in the freedom of speech, and if I choose to support Hillary Clinton, I have that right," Jensen said. "She's probably the best candidate in the Democratic Party at this time."