Let’s see. Our president didn’t correct UAW Pres Jimmy Hoffa when he called me (and other Tea Party types—including lots of veterans) “sons of bitches.” So it’s clear that he has no plans to either listen to us or help us. His “army,” according to the union rally in Detroit is the unions. Now, I have nothing against unions for private sector workers. Of course, there aren’t too many workers in unions—something like 1 in every 8, I believe. Okay, except for police and fire, I’m not sure our public employees, who are so-called public servants, should have unions, but I digress.
Here’s something about O’s Army that somehow didn’t make it into the news on any major network—I wonder if the rioters were Tea Party folks…
This past week, longshoremen in Washington state blocked a train, clashed with police, attacked a shipping facility, and held a wildcat strike that shut down major ports. They held shipping facility guards hostage, slashed brake lines on train cars, dumped grain from the cars. You know, just a peaceful protest as protected by our First Amendment.
The International Longshore & Warehouse Union has spent all summer protesting a $200-million grain-shipping facility that Bunge North America subsidiary EGT is opening at the Port of Longview in southern Washington. It is, by the way, the first major grain export terminal built in the US in 20 years. Now, the ILWU has insisted it has the right to work there. However, talks broke down in April apparently over EGT’s demand to have longshoremen work 12-hour shifts without overtime pay, & other issues. EGT hired a contractor, which is using members of another union.
When the train arrived, about 400 longshoremen blocked it from the terminal for 4 hours, throwing rocks and using pepper spray on police. Police in riot gear convinced them to move aside; 19 protestors were arrested. All 400 broke the law and should be jailed.
Apparently Jimmy Hoffa’s Army, there for the president, isn’t for union workers—you must actually be in the right union to have any rights. I’m thankful that my time in the US Army was not involved with unions. I’m waiting for either Jimmy H or Pres O to condemn the ILWU. Should I hold my breath?