commented on Strike! Grocery Workers Union Gives Mandatory 72-Hour Strike Notice
Not sure if you really are that dumb or I just got trolled. SROTU, like many things in life, on an issue there is a continuum of good and bad. Let me spell it out for you, the best would be a locally owned union shop not on strike, then a step down would be a non-locally owned union shop not on strike, then a non-union shop to avoid a picket line, then there is sucking dicks on Aurora for groceries, then almost at the bottom of the scale is crossing a picket line to shop, and the very lowest most despicable thing is to say "hey look, they're hiring" and work across a picket line.
The word scab gets misused to the point of loosing meaning, but a scab is someone who crosses a picket line. Nothing more or less.
commented on Boehner Blinks? Clean Budget and Debt Resolutions Reportedly Headed to House Floor
The end result is, bad for our country and bad for republicans. In the long run maybe good for everybody else. Revisiting this issue in early 2014 will not be good for our economic health. The silver lining in this turd is that maybe the republicans will hurt themselves enough by debating this crap in a campaign year that we might get rid of another lump of them. The position advocated by the Dems and anyone with any common sense would probably have helped the r's (arses) get some distance from this shit show before the next election.
commented on Two People (Including One Subway Employee) Trespassed from Subway Restaurant During Protest
@3 Federal law may allow those deductions, but WA state law does not allow for deducting till shortages unless the employee has the only access and participates in the counting. If multiple people have access to the till AND you are not paid to count the money (very rare) you can't be docked for these shortages. Doesn't matter how prevalent this is in fast food workplaces. You can legally be fired for excess shortages which is where the lack of willingness to complain can come from. Not sure about uniforms, but tool deductions and most of the other typical deductions are not legal, just way to common. This state has some progressive laws that are way underused.
Also, you do not have to have a union to be protected while engaging in "concerted activities" ie: protesting to improve wages and conditions. I have seen cases where the DOL has obtained restitution from employers who retaliated against non-union employees who acted together to refuse unfair pay.
Also L&I only does administrative law, that is investigate and levy restitution for violating the WAC. They often negotiate cents on the dollar settlements that are better than nothing but do not make the employee whole, nor asses penalties. L&I can't prosecute for crimes. Wage theft in Seattle (not Kent, Bellevue etc) is a crime with potential criminal penalties.
Part of the problem with the trespass order law is that there is a lack of due process. The rational is that they aren't being charged, just warned. Excluding an employee from a workplace with a trespass order in retaliation for a concerted activity may be an unfair labor practice. It would depend on the circumstances.
commented on Hey, City Council: Here's Your Resolution—Now Get It Done
Sally Clark wrote a response to this about an hour and a half ago on her blog. Most of it was pretty well reasoned, but not quite convincing to me. The key sentence was where she said
"If the Mayor disagreed with me or if he thought this subject should be treated as an exception, he could have called me."
Making it clear to me that it is about pride rather than what is right. She wanted to be called by the mayor and not a staffer. She got her panties in a knot over something and now she has painted herself into a corner. The sooner she tears off the Band-Aid the better for her and everybody else.
Maybe McGinn should step up and call her in a disarming way just to get it done and move on.
commented on Fuck Slog Silence
I hope he worked as hard on his Haftorah as he did on the dance routine.