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  •  They are not typical workers (1+ / 0-)
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    Debbie in ME

    They are under contract, and face lawsuits if they don't return. A typical striker does not get sued and is not under contract. That is the difference between the two.

    I have trouble calling someone a scab when they're being dragged back to work kicking and screaming, and are continuing to back the union and get its message out from within. It just isn't the same. It isn't like the guy on the picket line who's just going back for the money.

    It's troubling, for me. I don't stand firmly in their camp, I just lean in it. It goes against my grain as a union supporter, but at the same time, yeah- there's grey area being created. But in my case, it's due to them supporting vocally from within, not because they're progressives.

    I (still) support Chris Dodd for President.
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    by Eddie in ME on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 09:45:43 AM PST

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    •  NFL strike (0+ / 0-)

      The reason I use the NFL as an example when talking about WGA is that players are also under contract and face fines or law suits when they don't show up to work.  Like the guys who try to miss a game because thier wife is in labor or Dad just died and the owners threaten them with legal action and fines.  Which is also why I equate Stewarts and Colbert's actions to the same as that of Montana.  When it came right down to it, Letterman did the right thing with his company and negotiated.  Seth MacFarlane walked away from his deal with Fox and they produced Family guy with out him.  

      It was a choice these men made.  And although I appreciate their running their mouths in support of the strikers, I'd have way preferred their taking a stand and not showing up to work on Monday.  Kind of like throwing yourself in front of a bus the way boomer did in 1987.

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