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More union foolishness?

Oh, this sounds perfect (Via “Stop the ACLU“):

Employees at Los Angeles International Airport were considering plans Friday to walk off the job ahead on what is traditionally the busiest traveling day of the year.

A coalition of Southland labor and community leaders are calling for the protest of alleged violations by LAX contractor Aviation Safeguards (AVSG) after breaking their contract with the airport earlier this year.

Andrew Gross-Gaitan, the director of the Southern California Airports Division of SEIU, told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO that AVSG left more than 400 LAX workers without affordable family health care when it failed to comply with the city’s Living Wage Ordinance.

I’ve honestly never understood the mentality that says “if I can make your planned day as miserable as possible, maybe you’ll look upon my cause favorably”.  Some Wal-Mart employees are considering the same sort of action and, I assume, think that those they inconvenience will then support them?  Really?

Oh, and the bottom line here, which you’re likely not going to see included in many stories?  The employees of AVSG voted to de-certify the SEIU.  That’s right.  This isn’t really about “living wages” or “affordable family health care”.  This is another union, just like in the case of Hostess, throwing a collective tantrum because a company decided it didn’t want to play their silly and explensive games any more.  It is another in a long line of examples of how unions have outlived their usefullness.


Company officials said their employees voted in December to reject or decertify their collective bargaining agreement with the SEIU before its expiration date. Since then, hourly wages have improved for the vast majority of employees, they said, and workers can choose the type of healthcare plan they want.

Goodness, higher wages (so much for the non compliance with the “living wage ordinance) and a choice of health care without having to pay union dues?  Sounds like a win-win to me.

But the SEIU can’t imagine anyone rejecting them and they’re perfectly fine with trashing the holiday plans of others to throw their tantrum.  Brilliant.

Enjoy, LA.


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19 Responses to More union foolishness?

  • I actually like this.  This move to clarity, to outright thuggery and open embrace of who these people are.
    Like the Chicago teachers openly throwing in with Marxist organizations last week.
    Sheep, goats…that kind of thing.

    • They’ll find out one day that thuggery cuts both ways…….

    • The irony of the marxist connection is that unions don’t fair too well under communists.  Once they take over, if you ever try to organize any opposition, you’re days are numbered.

      • Like their Collectivist cousins, the Nazis.  You COULD certainly belong to a union, just like you COULD own stock in a business.  It just had to be controlled by the Party.

        • After the war, members of the Polish “resistance” we’re rounded up and executed because, even though they weren’t a threat at the time, they Communist authorities knew eventually they would become the “trouble makers.”

      • Comrade, all labor relations have been solved by the revolution. No further need for strikes.

  • So is the SEIU doing a strike with employees that decertified them?  Or are they just declaring a strike anyway with whatever members will show up and getting other employees still in the SEIU to observe it?

  • Welcome to the European States of America.

  • OT: last week California’s self inflicted cap and trade scheme went into effect. Yet more 2012 fun . . .

  • For the last several years, union bosses have been fighting to effectively eliminate workers’ right to vote through secret-ballot elections on whether or not to become unionized. Yet, with 6700 members’ jobs about to be wiped out, when push came to shove last week—knowing how unions can manipulate other methods of voting—the Teamsters called for the bakers’ union to hold a secret-ballot vote to let members determine whether or not to continue the strike that would close Hostess.
    See? It is different when they do it. (Shaidle’s First Law for understanding the Collective)

  • At least the folks at National Pickpocket Radio got some laughs out of it.

    • Yes, the Snoopy Dance of the Food Nazi.  Always a Ho-Ho.  Or should that be a har-har…???

      • It’s entertaining to see how much the intelligentsia of liberals really stand up for their values of “being for the common man”.
        Provided he isn’t a STUPID common man that likes Twinkies, or works making them.
        Because TWINKIES are loaded with FAT.  And even though we support unions, and common workers, we don’t support unions and common workers that work in industries we don’t like.  And we’ll let people see that, because after all, the common people who like Twinkies and work at the Twinkie factory AREN’T our listening audience here on National Pathetic Radio.  We can mock those sorts of people without them knowing.  Because our demographic went to Haaaaavaaaahd, all of them.