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Trade unionism at its best

#3
I saw that on NBC news. Horrible and stupid. My son's stepsister lives in Hoboken, still has no power and has been told it will be another week. She has a basement full of sewerage and her husband is on crutches. She has a pump and generator but there are no open gas stations near her. I am sure she will be very pleased how the rights of union workers are being protected.
 
#6
The Unions over in the states can be quite an obstacle at times and make ours look like pussycats. Surprised no action from Obama to get through the red tape. Would win him some brownie points . Now is the time for him to (and I know it sounds cynical and cold but....) really exploit the opportunities Sandy provided to show strong crisis leadership and get one over on Mitt the Twit
 
#7
The Unions over in the states can be quite an obstacle at times and make ours look like pussycats. Surprised no action from Obama to get through the red tape. Would win him some brownie points . Now is the time for him to (and I know it sounds cynical and cold but....) really exploit the opportunities Sandy provided to show strong crisis leadership and get one over on Mitt the Twit
I am not surprised at all, Obama is a creature of big labor. His campaign has received huge amounts fro big labor and even more went to SuperPAC's supporting Obama.
 
#8
I remember all the hype over how it was the dawn of a new age for America. First black President, sign of times changing etc etc ad nauseam. Yet ultimately its just the same shite with a different mouthpiece.

I remember my uni housemate at the time spouting utter crap about how great it was. Last I heard she's living in Alaska about as far from civilisation and Govt as she can get in the States
 
#10
Don't NJ and NY have their own State government civil emergency organisations?
I'm sure that if Obama stepped in some on here would state that the 'Socialists' were taking over and would be demanding secession!
 
#11
God damn it, a group of people are using their relatively scarce skills to ensure that they get paid more for their work.

Oh, wait, that's the point of capitalism: to make as much money as the Market will allow. I wasn't aware that groups of workers aren't allowed to create wealth for themselves.

I presume that it's ok for wal-mart or a mom and pop store to keep on selling things post-Sandy. I certainly presume they wouldn't welcome another store from out of state coming along and giving their products away, and would try their best to limit their Market penetration.
 

jarrod248

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#12
God damn it, a group of people are using their relatively scarce skills to ensure that they get paid more for their work.

Oh, wait, that's the point of capitalism: to make as much money as the Market will allow. I wasn't aware that groups of workers aren't allowed to create wealth for themselves.

I presume that it's ok for wal-mart or a mom and pop store to keep on selling things post-Sandy. I certainly presume they wouldn't welcome another store from out of state coming along and giving their products away, and would try their best to limit their Market penetration.
Where there's muck, there's brass.
 
#13
I saw that on NBC news. Horrible and stupid. My son's stepsister lives in Hoboken, still has no power and has been told it will be another week. She has a basement full of sewerage and her husband is on crutches. She has a pump and generator but there are no open gas stations near her. I am sure she will be very pleased how the rights of union workers are being protected.
No power and a basement full of sewage. But he has internet or phone network in order to tell you this?

Mmmm. [rubs chin slowly]
 
#14
No power and a basement full of sewage. But he has internet or phone network in order to tell you this?

Mmmm. [rubs chin slowly]
Ever notice how a phone still works during a power cut? In the UK telephone exchanges have backup generators which kick in if the power goes down to ensure the phones still work so people are able to contact the emergency services.
 

FORMER_FYRDMAN

LE
Book Reviewer
#15
Don't NJ and NY have their own State government civil emergency organisations?
I'm sure that if Obama stepped in some on here would state that the 'Socialists' were taking over and would be demanding secession!
That argument would be more persuasive if Democrat sympathisers had recognised it's validity during Katrina, rather than rushing to pin responsibility on Bush and ignoring the failure of State authorities.
 
#16
Ha ha ha! Nobody likes a prgoressivist big government - untill you need one.Tough shit, no doubt the bosses of these firms will be dropping their rates just to help out and the insurance companies will be compensating people who don't actually have policies.Will they bollocks, so why should those who have formed a union be the only ones to take it up the arrse for the common good.'I'm alright, Jack. Oh, hang on, no I'm not, somebody ring Obama.'
 
#17
That argument would be more persuasive if Democrat sympathisers had recognised it's validity during Katrina, rather than rushing to pin responsibility on Bush and ignoring the failure of State authorities.
Ah, but we're talking about States where most residents are literate and should be able to make reasoned voting decisions.
I doubt if most senior State officials in the South would be elected to the position of Town Dog Catcher in NJ or NY. :wink:
 
#18
This does not suprise me at all. If you have ever tried to get anything done on the east coast US you will find your self being held hostage by the unions, who, has already been said make ours look like amateurs.
At one show we did in Philly last year we were forbidden from putting up our own stand (owned by us btw) and had to pay £300ph per person for 3 union bods to do it for us, and with us telling them how to do it (as they didn't know) every step of the way. A one and a helf hour job turned into a hugely messy 5 hour nightmare (with union approved breaks). If we hadn't paid them to do it they made no bones in explaining what would have happened to our stand had we done it on our own.
Tw*ts.
 
#19
This does not suprise me at all. If you have ever tried to get anything done on the east coast US you will find your self being held hostage by the unions, who, has already been said make ours look like amateurs.
At one show we did in Philly last year we were forbidden from putting up our own stand (owned by us btw) and had to pay £300ph per person for 3 union bods to do it for us, and with us telling them how to do it (as they didn't know) every step of the way. A one and a helf hour job turned into a hugely messy 5 hour nightmare (with union approved breaks). If we hadn't paid them to do it they made no bones in explaining what would have happened to our stand had we done it on our own.
Tw*ts.
Call me daft at asking, but what right did they have to tell you that you could not put up your own stand? (apart from them thinking they were in a Sopranos episode)
 

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