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After 200 union machinists walked off the job for Manitowoc Crane on Monday, over the company's insistence that a new contract contain language making the company an open shop, management has now laid off 150 additional workers...blaming the striking workers...This is, of course, solely the responsibility of management and falls squarely at their feet. It is just another attempt to break the resolve of the union members by hurting their friends and colleagues. Again...standard boilerplate for management...and timeless and shameless!

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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    "Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it." ~Mark Twain

    by Up North on Thu Nov 17, 2011 at 09:13:16 AM PST

  •  Hope the current WI spirit of solidarity (1+ / 0-)
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    carries over to support for the Manitowoc union workers.  If the solidarity is there, it doesn't matter how much the bosses lie, people will know it for what it is.

    If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing. ~Malcolm X

    by ActivistGuy on Thu Nov 17, 2011 at 09:26:48 AM PST

  •  A lot of the WWII submarines (2+ / 0-)
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    Actbriniel, buckybadger1988

    ...were built in Manitowoc, when the shipbuilding factories there--used to building ore ships and freighters--switched over to making hi-tech subs.

    That photo is from Groton CT, but that's the idea (Gato-class subs).

    •  Manitowoc was good at it. (2+ / 0-)
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      buckybadger1988, Dirtandiron

      The workers and the technology and the know-how for making subs there was really good.  It's a shame the business went elsewhere.  It wasn't for lack of ability or capacity, and this time it wasn't for screwing the workers either.  It was simply this:  most modern subs, unlike the designs in WW2, are bigger than the St Lawrence lock and dam canal system can handle, and this meant you have to build the subs on an ocean coast instead of on a Great Lakes coast.  Granted there are larger ships that can't fit through the locks that are used on the Great Lakes, but they are designed to run routes that stay on the Great Lakes and never go out to sea, and they had to be built on the Great Lakes in the first place.  The Manitowoc sub facility would only be useful for military subs in the modern age if we were planning on going to war with Canada and having fighting on the lakes themselves.

      It's a shame because the Manitowoc sub manufacturing was top notch when it was still being used.

  •  Took the Manitowoc sticker off my (0+ / 0-)

    hard hat!

    Where are all the jobs, Boehner?

    by Dirtandiron on Fri Nov 18, 2011 at 12:29:13 PM PST

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