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  •  Just call them what Jack London called them (11+ / 0-)

    After God had finished the rattlesnake, the toad, and the vampire, he had some awful substance left with which he made a scab. A scab is a two-legged animal with a corkscrew soul, a water brain, a combination backbone of jelly and glue. Where others have hearts, he carries a tumor of rotten principles. When a scab comes down the street, men turn their backs and Angels weep in Heaven, and the Devil shuts the gates of hell to keep him out

    •  Wow. (4+ / 0-)

      I don't agree with any name calling, but I had to rec that amazing language.

      Cats are better than therapy, and I'm a therapist.

      by Smoh on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 05:05:58 PM PST

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      •  Jack London rocks!! (2+ / 0-)
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        And, like I said, when the strike is on and your fellow worker is scabbing, calling them every name in the book and then some is fine by me.

        When the strike is over tho it's time to forgive and try to win them back into the fold.

        But never forget.

        WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For Dec: Life so cheap; property so sacred.

        by JayRaye on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 05:13:28 PM PST

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    •  Nope, a scab is only a scab while the strike is on (3+ / 0-)
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      After the strike is done we need to work like hell to win them back into the fold.

      Because we want them on our side for the next fight.

      But during the strike, while they are scabbing, you can call them any name you want, A-OK by me.

      A non-union worker or a non-dues paying worker is not a scab. Scab is reserved for a very particular type of betrayal.

      WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For Dec: Life so cheap; property so sacred.

      by JayRaye on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 05:09:22 PM PST

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      •  Someone who works in a union shop (3+ / 0-)
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        and explicitly exercises his or her "right to work" isn't much better than a scab, IMO.



        Those who do not move, do not notice their chains. Rosa Luxemburg

        by chuckvw on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 05:16:51 PM PST

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        •  I would certainly harbor that exact feeling in my (2+ / 0-)
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          heart, but would keep working with that person, as much as I could anyway. Over the years of working together, people do sometimes change.

          A former co-worker called me the other day. She was all pissed at the MI police for not standing with the MI Unionist. This is Texas, 7 years ago she told me, "We don't have Unions in Texas, you're not in MN anymore!" and she said it with pride. But we've talked a lot over the years. And her views have changed.

          WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For Dec: Life so cheap; property so sacred.

          by JayRaye on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 06:07:22 PM PST

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          •  Problem is this is a movement (3+ / 0-)
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            an orchestrated effort... not just some random curmudgeon with a beef.  They want the unions to die and believe me they will be proselytizing at the workplace level. They will be looking for "victims" to use as lawsuit fodder. They will be causing mischief at every turn.

            This is as big an assault on working people as we've seen since the Twenties.



            Those who do not move, do not notice their chains. Rosa Luxemburg

            by chuckvw on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 06:23:15 PM PST

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            •  Amen & Amen (2+ / 0-)
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              We have a tough fight in front of us.

              And we need to be always organizing.

              But if you take a couple of big clubs and you write scab on one and moocher on the other and bang folks over the head with the several times, it won't get them into the mood to be organized.

              WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For Dec: Life so cheap; property so sacred.

              by JayRaye on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 06:32:07 PM PST

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              •  I don't really care about the "mooch" thing (0+ / 0-)

                People are going to be coming into our workplaces with the intention of fucking us. What we call them will be the least of our worries.

                How we are going to deal with them is a critical question. I don't think any of us have an answer yet.



                Those who do not move, do not notice their chains. Rosa Luxemburg

                by chuckvw on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 06:36:57 PM PST

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    •  There is a big difference between scabs and people (1+ / 0-)
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      who don't want to join the union. If you can't see it, I cant' help you.

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