Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

The UAW's ungracious tactic

Courtesy of Michelle Malkin, we learn that the United Auto Workers, who for many years had let reservists use their parking lot for weekend training, have now put the kybosh on that generosity, holding that no foreign cars and no cars with Bush bumper stickers can disgrace union property:

Marines at nearby Marine Corps Reserve Center say on Tuesday morning, the director of security at the UAW told them that while they support the troops, Marines driving foreign vehicles or sporting a President George Bush bumper sticker were no longer welcome to park there. *** 'While reservists certainly have the right to drive non-union 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 members of the UAW.'
I can understand their hostility to foreign cars, although fewer people might drive them if American cars were better designed, more reliable and more fuel efficient (can you tell that my last American car was a lemon?). However, I really take umbrage at the bumper sticker attitude. More than that, I wonder how many rank-and-file UAW workers would agree with that ruling. That is, is the UAW en masse so hostile to the President of the United States that this kind of prejudice is okay, or is this the radicalized management speaking on behalf of union members whose main concern is that the Union preserve their paychecks and benefits? UPDATE: Somehow, this seems like the appropriate place to link to a densely written, but rather interesting article about the intersection between Communism and labor unions (not necessarily for labor's good) in the San Francisco Bay Area.