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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Solidarity Saturday in Los Angeles

photo: Christine House
As many as 10,000 Union members and supporters marched from the Staples Center to a rally at Pershing Square to show support for their fellow Union members in Wisconsin who are currently under attack by Tea Party Governor Scott Walker.  Teamsters prez, James Hoffa, issued a statement saying, "To look out at the thousands of working men and women at today's march is inspiring... Let this serve notice to all the anti-worker, corporate interests that are attacking America's middle class - we will not let them win!"

More at KPCC and the LA Times.

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15 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Communist scum. Round em up and lock them up!

March 26, 2011 11:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This event did not even make the news.

Small business employees do not make the kind of money that union employees do. So why should people care that these union employees get high wages and benefits and no one else does?

March 27, 2011 7:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Only 10,000? Undoc's had nearly a million. When you look at unon membership in L.A. county, this sucks.

I hope Wisc. isn't waiting for Cali to be ther for the long run. But hey, at least Maria Elena Durazo showed up in Wisc. to show moral support - all that she can offer.

March 27, 2011 8:00 AM  

Anonymous David Koch said:

That's right 7:58, now that the private sector has had their pay and benefits whittled away to nothing, it's time to drag the public unions down to nothingness as well. I like your thinking!

March 27, 2011 8:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's a little late for this type of thing, Joe.

The unions have bankrupted Government after American Government.

They pushed things so far, not just getting job security, but insane salaries out of range with the private sector.

March 27, 2011 9:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Joe B. left out the critical point:

Solidarity AMONG THE UNIONITES, not among the non unionites.

They can march and stomp all they want, but unions pushed the envelope too far. That's why their fortunes are changing little by little across the country.

And in Los Angeles, their coming to City Council (and therefore not being on the job), shows everyone on Channel 35 that they're more interested in DEMANDING more and more, and putting their job responsibilities second. Or third.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, Joe, but MOST Americans by far, do not belong to a union.

March 27, 2011 9:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The whole concept of unionization is ridiculous. Everyone should be responsible for their own career and earnings.

The people who belong to unions are people who will never own their own business, never be enterprising, and always work for other people. The thinkers and doers.

March 27, 2011 9:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You're getting a lot of love, Joe.

March 27, 2011 10:41 AM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

Just more drivel from mindless corporate sheep.

March 27, 2011 1:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Joe, us corporate schleps are getting the last laugh. We're on the uptake, and the unionheads are losing more and more of their paychecks every week, if they're still getting paychecks at all anymore. LA employees should have accepted the furloughs that were proposed. May be fewer wouuld be losing their jobs right now.

Ha ha ha, lol, good ones!

March 27, 2011 4:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Joe, You fail to realize that these union leaders are not considering what's best for their members. When they do not get their way they rally the members (and no, we do not hate good workers) to protest.
Sadly, these members think they are protesting for the good of their future. Case in point: ERIP.
The city said that the pension payback must be done in four years. The union leaders said fifteen years. 'Can't be done.
But, the unsuspecting membership, like lambs thrown to the wolves, rallied their hearts out, much like cult members following their leader and downing the Kool Aid.

It's basic economics. When their future is not sustained, lay offs happen. So while some members get their hefty pension and are well above middle class (a disappearing income from the private sector)others are guaranteed a spot in the unemployment line. Who, then, is the real anti-worker?

March 27, 2011 10:02 PM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

10:02, I'm at a loss for words at your brilliant analysis. Truly insightful. Now please go crawl back under the rock from which you sprang.

March 27, 2011 11:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

9:46 AM - Are you really this stupid?

Who the hell is going to work for the thinkers if it's not the doers? Doesn't the world need both?

Your last sentence isn't coherent and your thought is just silly. Since there will always be enterprising people, they will always need worker bees to do their dirty work, thus the need for unions to protect them people who more than likely think like you which wouldn't be fair to the workers who work for you strong, thinking, enterprising, business-owning types.

You don't own your business yet, do you?

March 28, 2011 1:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

4:18 said this:

--Joe, us corporate schleps are getting the last laugh. We're on the uptake, and the unionheads are losing more and more of their paychecks every week, if they're still getting paychecks at all anymore.--

What is the problem then? What is your issue with unions? You're winning, right?

March 28, 2011 1:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Dude, that rock was shattered years ago. You really don't get it. You buy into the lie that anti union equals anti worker. How many local union members do you speak to? I know of many who do not feel represented. They are hard workers and I appreciate what they do. New members feel that they are only paying into the coffers of the old timers. They've been asked to ratify an increase from their pay to a pension they believe they'll never see because it was squandered by unrealistic deals and investments from the past. Then there's the workers who were not even represented by their steward when called upon. Why? 'Can't rock the boat during those contract negotiations.
I hope this all serves as a wake up call that members should not blindly follow their leader. Like all elections, question your leadership.

March 28, 2011 1:30 AM  

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