Monday, March 14, 2005
Where the UAW can go: This first got notice in the blogosphere last week, but Sunday's Detroit News provides a little more information than previous reports.
he United Auto Workers says Marine reservists should show a little more semper fi if they want to use the union's parking lot.
The Marine Corps motto means "always faithful," but the union says some reservists working out of a base on Jefferson Avenue in Detroit have been decidedly unfaithful to their fellow Americans by driving import cars and trucks.
So the UAW International will no longer allow members of the 1st Battalion 24th Marines to park at Solidarity House if they are driving foreign cars or displaying pro-President Bush bumper stickers
"While reservists certainly have the right to drive nonunion made vehicles and display bumper stickers touting the most anti-worker, anti-union president since the 1920s, that doesn't mean they have the right to park in a lot owned by the members of the UAW," the union said in a statement released Friday.
Shocked and disappointed, the Marines are pulling out.
"You either support the Marines or you don't," said Lt. Col. Joe Rutledge, commanding officer of the battalion's active duty instructors. "I'm telling my Marines that they're no longer parking there."
You'd think that these people wouldn't be this incredibly stupid. Apparently, you'd be wrong. Who exactly are they going to win over by this decision? Marines are fighting and dying to protect those union workers and this is the thanks they get?
I own a Chevy. It's the last one I'm ever going to buy. There are plenty of American-made "foreign" cars.
The UAW wants to make a statement -- fine. They shouldn't be too surprised if Americans choose to make one back. You know you get free long distance with your cell phone plan? Consider using a minute or two to let the UAW know how you feel. Their number is (313) 926-5000.
*UPDATE* Blackfive reports that the UAW has removed its collective head from its collective rear.