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  •  Clerical workers (3+ / 0-)
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    at the University of California recently ratified a contract with a "no strike provision." So even if we (since I'm a member of that union) wanted to engage in a sympathy strike with our sisters and brothers at the medical centers, we could not.

    To be clear, I voted against the contract, and I inquired with the lead negotiator as to why she would ever agree to such a demand by the university. Since, to be frank, we clericals at the UC are tremendously disheartened and disengaged by the state of labor relations as a whole, there was little actual opposition to the contract and is was ratified by something like 80-20%.

    Hilarious and yet sad fact: we clericals are actually part of the Teamsters- yet we STILL are unable to strike. Additionally, we have received no communication from the union as to whether we can refuse to cross a picket line without disciplinary action being taken.

    •  eureka (0+ / 1-)
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      Even the Teamsters are without balls and /or brains.  Sorry for the gender reference, but we are talking about the teamsters--Jimmy Hoffa's union.

      Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite. John Kenneth Galbraith .

      by melvynny on Sat May 18, 2013 at 01:35:04 PM PDT

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        for the balls reference - especially since the writer seems fully aware that it's a miserably bad way to express him/herself.  How about substitute the word "backbone" the next time you start to use the word "balls" in this context!!

        And don't knock the entire Teamsters Union for what one clerical union does.  Sounds like they need better stewards who will communicate with the workers as well as national leadership.  Ineffective stewards are disastrous for workers as this contract proves.

        To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards out of men. -Abraham Lincoln

        by Eyesbright on Sat May 18, 2013 at 02:01:08 PM PDT

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    •  it's only words (0+ / 0-)

      Stand for your union brothers and sisters, so one day they will stand for you.

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