An Emmissary from the Orange Satan Reporting Scabs
by zonk, Mon Mar 17, 2008 at 06:19:35 AM EDT
I read over the weekend that "Pro-Hillary Writers have gone 'on strike'".
Now, as someone whose father was a lifelong union member (Plumbers & Pipefitter Local 172), and even served several terms on the union's contract committee in addition to spending a career in the cold and heat building northwest Indiana.... as someone whose mother stood against a reactionary few that wanted to decertify and eliminate the represenation of her local chapter of the Indiana State Teachers Association at the height of Reagan union busting hysteria.... as someone that even worked through the local P&P union as a laborer -- I'm accutely aware of the power of unions.
I was able to go to college because my parents were employed under union contracts - and thus made 20-30% more than they would have working under non-union contracts. When my mother was diagnosed with cancer, our union bargained health care kept my family from going broke.
A constant concern to any union household was the presence of scabs. Scabs steal jobs, steal bargaining power, and trade the sacrifices of hundreds of thousands who came before, trade the security of those currently in the workforce, for a little selfish and short-term gain.
Don't misunderstand me - I support the freedom of anyone to say what they wish and say it where they wish.
However, given the importance of 'the strike' in the union toolbox -- it is important that scabs be reported and dealt with by the union representing the trade. I certainly, of course, do not advocate violence against scabs (I'm accutely aware that the Pinkertons weren't the only ones that knew how to use their fists and clubs). But - one could and should find themselves 'blackballed', as it were, when strikes ended and their union-suported colleagues went back to work. It was always inevitable - as union shops historically provided the best trained, most diligent, and safest workforce.
This said, it is my sad duty to report that the DailyObama continues to be rife with scabs; scabs that have not heeded the call to strike and continue to write about the evils of Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the excesses of Tony Rezko, the economic fascism of Austin Goolsbee, the cowardice of Obama's 'present' votes, the black pantherism of Obama's surrogates, the messianic strawman that is Obama support, and the general in-the-tankishness of everyone for Obama.
As someone that believes in unions - I want to do my part.
Where do I report those that are crossing the picket line?
Do you just need usernames?
Enquiring minds want to know.