Members of the International Union of Operating Engineers are on strike in Shorewood, Wisconsin (a suburb of Milwaukee) because VJS, the general contractor for a major development project, refuses to hire certified crane operators. Instead, VJS hired uncertified workers to operate the crane using a remote so they can “multi-task” and do other projects on the construction site.
I brought coffee to the union members this afternoon and they were incredibly grateful. It’s 30 degrees and miserable outside today, and it’s a rough time of year to be on strike. Milwaukee folks, if you have a chance to swing by and drop off coffee or just offer a word of encouragement, I’m sure the union members would be grateful.
If you’re not in Milwaukee but would like to offer support, perhaps consider calling in a pizza order? Ian’s Pizza (414-727-9200) will deliver to the picket line (4060 N. Oakland Avenue). Especially after the holiday weekend and as we enter a new year, it would be nice to show those on strike some support.
NRA, GTFO A demonstrator held up a banner as Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, delivered a statement in Washington on Friday. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images via The New York Times)
I’m sincerely asking my followers to reblog the shit out of this photo.
Protests Erupt in Michigan Over Republican Anti-Union Legislation
Police arrested several protesters and they threw mace at a crowd gathered at the Michigan State House today. As the Detroit Free Press reports, State Police used “chemical munitions” when the crowd tried to rush the Senate floor.
More from the Detroit Free Press:
Gov. Snyder’s right-to-work initiative has the coordinated support of Americans for Prosperity, the conservative non-profit organization that funded Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s efforts to strip that state’s public employee unions of their collective bargaining rights.
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