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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

labor letter

There's a major strike on right now.

Management spent over a hundred million dollars training replacement workers...who may be hired permanently, and vetted it's union-breaking plan with the White House, whose approval of the work of the replacement workers is a cornerstone keeping operations running during the strike.

Some folks are predicting that how this strike plays out will drastically affect the fate of labor in this country.

Now, you don't hear much talk about this story on the blogs. (I guess that means it isn't really important news, huhn?)

Too bad for those suckers who showed up to work for fifteen years. They helped repair thirty or so planes I've flown on. Maybe a few you did too. I guess if they were smart they would have taken their training, commitment and experience...and become "replacement workers."

Hell, maybe we all should do just that. That would solve everything, and get rid of this stupid "union" issue for good...you know...and let us all get back to the important things, like politics...and blogging.



  • Kid. This is a hugh story that is flying under the radar. This has the potential of critically crippling unions in this country.

    I worry for the people who have union pensions (I include myself) in place.

    The fact that the NW workers are now isolated and are going to "air traffic controled" is very disturbing.

    I wonder how they voted in the last election.

    By Blogger NYBri, at 11:13 AM  

  • The Mother Jones Blog links to Curly Tales of War Pigs, which has a lot on the NWA strike.

    By Anonymous Matt Lockshin, at 1:05 PM  

  • Thanks for those links matt. They led me to this terrifying and dispiriting story about a recent NLRB ruling that seems to prohibit off-site fraternizing by employees who work at the Guardsmark security firm.

    Like the NW strike itself such a story is doubly disturbing: both on its own terms and precisely because its so obscure and under-reported.

    By Blogger awol, at 4:12 PM  

  • Thank you for these comments and links.

    This story is so important.....and, awol, your link is so chilling.

    People need to read this. "labor letter" is here to stay.

    By Blogger kid oakland, at 4:40 PM  

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