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Monday, September 7, 2020

Striking a Pose for Labor!

 

   That’s me on the left of each photo. I was a hell-raiser back in 1998...and once since then. Wink. I helped organize this strike, was a union steward, published a chapter newsletter, and participated in contract negotiations. During one shining moment of said negotiations, the CEO interrupted me, and I abruptly asserted, "I don't appreciate being interrupted." She bit her lower lip. Victory! 
   In the process, our Field Representative introduced me to California's current and still very handsome Governor Gavin Newsom. (Newsom's ex wife, Kimberly Guilfoyle, is with Donald Trump Jr. now. As in, they recently purchased a house together. How weird is that? I mean, of course, our Governor is staunchly liberal).
   
   Anyway, we were flying high, until we caved two days later. But we had a blast, and the CEO was impeached by her own peers a few years later.
   Shout-out to laborers everywhere. I remain grateful to workers who gave their lives for the cause of an 8 hour day and 40 hour work week.
   California's migrant farm workers are owed our biggest debt of gratitude.
 
Happy Labor Day. 
A good new week to you.
I love you, my Sillies.

25 comments:

  1. There was a time, back in the 1980s, when I helped oraganize a protest of the NC State Republican Convention where the infamous James Watt, Sec of the Interior at the time, was speaking. I've since given up such causes, but it was fun and it all had to do with his ideas against wilderness. It was interesting that we had a lot of the delegates support us and encourage us, and a handful who spit at and cursed us. I hope you had a Labor Day without much labor!

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    1. I think it's awesome that you had that experience, Sage. I know the adrenaline rush and the feeling of making a real difference. Very cool.

      I had a low-labor Labor Day, and hope you did too.
      Stay well.

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  2. I have always been a union member - and come from a long line of union members. I am proud to continue the tradition.
    We owe them a lot. Around the world.

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    1. Yes. I'm not surprised you have that union-blood. The greater society fails to comprehend how much we owe our unions.
      Thanks for chiming in, dear friend.

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  3. I'm part of a union and we came close to striking once.
    No surprise you were the biggest ball of energy there!

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    1. I'm glad you're part of a union, Alex. I'm more glad that you didn't have to strike - that's a good sign that (hopefully) management was compromising.
      Ha. Thank you. I appreciate that.

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  4. We need bigger and stronger unions now more than ever. I hope the next generation rebuilds strong unions to remind the wealthy class who put them there.

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    1. Good point, Jono. They got there on laborers' backs.
      Thank you.
      Solidarity!

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  5. You rebel-rouser you! - proud to know you. Unions serve a purpose, and sadly so many layers of labor still need help.

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    1. More than ever, Joanne.
      I'm proud and grateful to know you too, my friend.

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  6. Never underestimate a short, feisty person!

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    1. That's right, Diane. Our bark is worse than our height. I just thought of that - it doesn't quite make sense, but you know what I mean. Smiles.

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  7. Wonderful! Really creepy about Guilfoyle, isn't it? I'll bet that's one relationship Newsom would like to forget.

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    1. Ha. I know, Mitchell. So strange. She looks awfully weird and excessively botoxed too. He's been very diplomatic about their relationship, and that must be tough for him. Strange.

      Be well.

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  8. I stand up and cheer for you because we need to think of the labourers who truly(for the most part) do their utmost and, in some cases, dangerous conditions. Now I know I will respect you in the morning(hee hee)

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    1. Haha. Why thank you, Birgit. It's nice to be respected in the morn, for a change.
      Love ya.

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  9. Dear Robyn, I was a member, and outspoken advocate, of SEIU (Service Employees International Union) for 35 years. I helped it in and it helped me out. Labor unionism is a staple of true democracy, government by discussion. I owe my adequate retirement to it --and to you: thanks for your energetic service.

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    1. My brother, my heart is still with SEIU!!! Local 535. I was there for it, they were there for me. It changed my life in beautifully exhausting ways.

      Solidarity, my dear friend.

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  10. Part of a union here. Almost striked once, but they made a very last minute deal.

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    1. Well, those last minute deals are usually as good as it gets. Congrats.

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