Monday, December 18, 2006


TOPEKA, KANSAS--The Financial Times is reporting--finally, after the ELECTIONS--that "[a] strike involving 17,000 members of the United Steelworkers union has crippled 16 Goodyear plants in the US and Canada since October 5." Wow, where's this story been? No reporting on a strike of this size? Where's the press? Indeed. This is bigger than the General Motors strike of 1937 (in Flint, Michigan), one that literally galvanized the labor movement around the world. It appears the military is considering intervention, but they have a problem, Houston: an army already overextended, with new call ups for the Reserves and the National Guard coming down-the-pipe.

I know, it's so unfair for these guys to strike in-solidarity because Goodyear is closing a unionized plant in Texas (where else?), so unfair. Now those stupid Hummers that are manufactured here in Michiana won't have tires for 35% of the Army's fielded-vehicles. But hey, yeah, let's send more troops to Iraq so they cannot quell a domestic labor-uprising. This isn't the American South in 1934, you morons, you cannot hide this forever. The public won't have it, and the news-gap is narrowing. Bring-it-on.

Let's send those troops that we don't even have now. The strikers have videos at Youtube, go check em' for me, I can't, we's not highfalutin' bawss! I'm wondering how they'll make them work once they've dragged them from their homes, and how good a P.R. move that's going to be for a public that's already extremely-angry over the war in Iraq and the corruption of the GOP. Yes, you order those troops, President Cheney. You do that. Support these men and women. I just did. We're finally seeing the birth of a genuine international labor movement, it's long-overdue. It's good to hear middle-management is having to do all the work of the striking-employees, what suckers. They always are.


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