Thursday, January 21, 2010

Solidarity? AFSCME Members Vote to Throw Their Union Brethren Out on the Streets

"An injury to one is an injury to all...?"

"United we bargain, divided we beg...?"


Apparently, none of those age-old union adages apply in today's collectivist union movement.

Collectivist unions are supposed to be of single mind, single body. A sort of "all for one, one for all," "you go, we go" selfless and self-sacrifing collection of union brothers and sisters.  Afterall, that is what a union is, right?

Of course, the problem with this philosophic mindset is that it goes against basic human nature.  Nevertheless, it is still amusing when today's unions don't practice what they preach.

For example. in Tulsa, Oklahoma, when faced with the choice of everyone taking a pay cut, or having their union brethren laid off, 73% of workers represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees chose to throw their union brothers and sisters to the street. 

According to this press report:

Members of the City Worker's Union, AFSCME have voted in an opinion poll for layoffs instead of pay cuts.

AFSCME is the union that represents Tulsa city workers not affiliated with police and fire departments.

729 AFSCME members voted and 533 said 'yes' to layoffs, which is about 73%

The AFSCME website details just how far today's unions have devolved into bastions of empty rhetoric:

None of the people who voted today want anyone to get laid off, but a decision had to be made and we all made the decision we had to make for ourselves and our family, but the decision was made with heavy hearts.

UPDATE: The following comments were posted on

Bill Roland is the union president, "It's tough. How can I look at somebody and say, 'Well, the employees voted that you go out the door?"

"I thought it was wrong. If a union's for unity why didn't they stand together and take the 5.1 or whatever percent it was and everyone keeps their job instead of some guy being without a paycheck, without a way to support his family, it's not fair,"  said Tulsa worker Howard Coughlin.

So much for principle, long live empty collectivist slogans.
"I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes." Thomas Paine December 23, 1776

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