Sunday, March 13, 2011

Daddy Was A Union Man

Wisconsin is having a Woodstock. A gathering of the tribes. It expects to overthrow and expel those who promised jobs and are instead destroying labor unions.

Back in the old days, farmers organized the Grange to fight the rail monopolies which paid them a small part of what their produce brought in the cities. Denial of product brought the prices around.

Daddy was a farmer, but a machinist at heart. Late in life he worked as a steel scraper at Baker Brothers in Toledo. Union, I believe. I remember hearing talk of strikes.

Lots of people's daddies and mommies and grandparents and great-grandparents were able to do what they did because the union made them strong.

This writer himself was once a painters union apprentice and later in the transit workers union.

Solidarity forever.

For the union makes us strong.

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