I hate to use "breaking" in the subject line, but this is just coming out.
For background on the strike, please see Tula Connell's diary here.
Here's the whole story:
The US Army is considering measures to force striking workers back to their jobs at a Goodyear Tire & Rubber plant in Kansas in the face of a looming shortage of tyres for Humvee trucks and other military equipment used in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Maybe all these yuppies could just donate their hummers to the army, ya' think?
The main issues in dispute are the company's plans to close a unionised plant in Texas, and a proposal for workers to shoulder future increases in healthcare costs.
An army spokeswoman said on Friday that "there's not a shortage right now but there possibly will be one in the future".
According to Duncan Hunter, chairman of the House of Representatives armed services committee, the strike has cut output of Humvee tyres by about 35 per cent.
Mr Hunter said the army was exploring a possible injunction under the Taft-Hartley Act to force the 200 Kansas workers back to their jobs.
It's not like this is an unknown tactic. Using the army to break strikes is a common practice in Latin America dictatorships.
The Taft-Hartley Act was passed in 1947.
Dubya used it as recently as 2002 during the employer lockout of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union on the west coast. It was most famously used against the coal miner strikes in the 1940's.