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York: The Unions Show Their ‘Diversity’

From the great Byron York at the Washington Examiner:

With a group from the SEIU, Sarah Hall, left, of Beckley, W.Va., Julia Ballard, standing, of Youngstown, Ohio, and Marie Smith, of Beckley, W.Va., attend the "One Nation Working Together" rally by the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010.

At ‘One Nation’ rally, a unionized show of unity

By: Byron York
October 3, 2010

Organizers of Saturday’s "One Nation Working Together" rally at the Lincoln Memorial are proud of their diversity.  Before the event, they predicted it would be the "most diverse march in history."  It turned out they were right. Looking around the rally, there were Teamsters Local 311, Service Employees International Union Local 1199, Communications Workers of America Local 2336, American Federation of Teachers Local 1, United Auto Workers Amalgamated Local 171, Transport Workers Union Local 100, and representatives of many, many other unions.  That’s a lot of diversity.

Karnell Dorris and Rose Anderson work in a nursing home in Detroit.  They’re members of Local 79 of the Service Employees International Union, which chartered buses to bring them and hundreds of others to the rally.  They left Detroit at about 8:00 pm Friday for the 13-hour drive to Washington.  After spending all day at the rally, they were scheduled for a union dinner, after which they would overnight at a hotel, also paid for by Local 79.  For Dorris, the main reasons for coming to the rally were "jobs, justice and education."  For Anderson, it was health care, along with a desire to "stop taking from us, trying to make the rich richer."  

With few exceptions, people said the economy was their motivation for marching.  "Jobs first," said Paul Blujus, a former construction worker who now works in health care in Buffalo, New York and who came to Washington aboard a bus chartered by American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees/Civil Service Employees Association Local 1000.  "Jobs — better jobs," said Debra Winston, who came to the rally from Memphis on a bus chartered by SEIU Local 205.  "Jobs," said Mark West, who came from Charlotte, North Carolina aboard a bus chartered by United Steelworkers Local 850.

The union presence was so ubiquitous and so organized that it made for a kind of color coding in the crowd.  Looking around, there were large groups of people bunched into separate areas, all wearing the same color T-shirts to mark their union affiliation.  There were groups wearing the purple SEIU shirt, others wearing the red CWA shirt, others wearing the blue AFT shirt, and still others wearing green shirts and yellow shirts and so on. There were long rows of tables where union workers sat waiting to get people connected to their groups and their buses. There were thousands of union-printed signs… 

The very idea of it made them angry. "I’m particularly offended by these people who want to take the nation back," said Maida Odom, who came to the rally from Philadelphia on board a bus chartered by the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees/ AFSCME Local 1199

But when it came to complaints about the current administration, one unhappy note sounded more than any other.  By and large, this crowd hates the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.  They want U.S. troops out.  "I am totally against both wars," said Mark Deagle, a pipefitter from Troy, Michigan who came to the rally on a bus chartered by an antiwar group.  "I’m disappointed in Obama expanding the Afghan war, because I think it’s endless."  Paul Blujus said he wants the U.S. government "to stop worrying about Afghanistan and Iraq and start worrying about the American people."

Kathryn Riss said she … traveled from New Jersey on what she called the "peace bus" ("the Communications Workers of America very graciously paid our way," she explained), and she held a homemade blue flag with a white dove stitched into the middle…

In addition to the blue flag, Riss carried a yellow-and-black sign that was ubiquitous at the rally.  It had a picture of Martin Luther King Jr. and said STAND AGAINST WAR & RACISM — JOBS NOT WAR. At the bottom, it said AnswerCoalition.org, a reference to the group International ANSWER, which stands for Act Now to Stop War and End Racism

There were plenty of other extreme elements, too.  The Communist Party USA took part.  The War Resisters League.  The Freedom Socialist Party, and several others

But you know, it’s those Tea Party people who are the radicals.

Overall, how big was the crowd? … "We believe that our satellite photos will stack up nicely to his satellite photos,” NAACP president Ben Jealous told the New York Times. After the rally, however, there wasn’t so much talk about satellite photos; although thousands of people showed up, the crowd was visibly smaller than the Beck event. Even with all that organizing muscle, they couldn’t turn out as many people as one man on talk radio and Fox News.

"One Nation" was scheduled to last from noon until 4:00 pm, but a lot of people headed for the exits well before the last speakers took the stage. By 2:45, when Jealous himself was at the microphone, they were streaming for the buses. As they walked, organizers herded people in the right direction. "OPEIU movin’ out! OPEIU movin’ out!" shouted one man, a organizer with the Office and Professional Employees International Union. The unions came, and then they left.

Do the unions think they are going to get a full day’s work when they only pay forty dollars and lunch for a rally?

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, October 3rd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “York: The Unions Show Their ‘Diversity’”

  1. proreason says:

    “One Nation” was scheduled to last from noon until 4:00 pm, but a lot of people headed for the exits well before the last speakers took the stage. By 2:45, when Jealous himself was at the microphone, they were streaming for the buses.”

    that pretty much proves they were from the unions.

    Hopefully no citizens or customers will be expecting any service or work this week after such an exhausting day Saturday by our hard-working union servants.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    A vacation to DC……Union style. Last in, first out.
    “MOVE OUT!!!!!”

  3. wardmama4 says:

    You know what – I’d been at Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor Rally in DC (or heck any Tea Party event in my area) if my transportation was taken care of by someone else.

    But part of being American and honor – is that you stand on your own two feet and do not require someone else to pay for what you ‘stand’ for and since we have no income from employment coming in – there was no support this year (thus far) for Glenn Beck or the Tea Party from my family.

    But I find it very humorous that even with the transportation provided – they couldn’t get much of a crowd. (Sort of like the Union membership these days!)

    God Help America
    A Proud American Infidel

  4. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Yes, I see they embrace diversity. They equally treat the fat, ugly and stupid.

    But seriously, any excuse to be a victim. Single moms, I’m too stupid to get C’s in high school so this is what life has “handed me”, I have a glandular problem. Anything.

    I used to read books that were lauded and made into movies about people who overcame adversity and were successes. Now, the meme is to just be a victim and the world will become a better place FOR you. *sigh*

    Though I do agree that personal shortcomings are barriers that are sometimes hard to overcome, the test of character is how a person chooses to deal with it…not how much the rest of society has to bend to your needs. Certainly a level of decorum is required from any person of good sense and manners but I think there needs to be a measure of the person, what they can and cannot do.

    Additionally, some of the greatest people I’ve ever met had “service” jobs and who enjoyed them. But here in the United States, a person has the right to try to be anything they desire. I have met so many people who’s lives are a mess because of their personal choices. They are now angry, resentful and spiteful regardless of the situation they put themselves into. Thus, the base of a huge and pernicious problem. Misery loves company…but here in the US, that company gathers a voice and then strength trough enablers who want their money and who promise them a better life if you give them cash.

    It’s really very old hat. Seems to keep showing up all the time. Greece had it, Rome had it, very prevalent in the middle ages, a common human theme. Something for nothing, snake oil, cure-alls, etc. Never seems to change much, either.

    “There’s a sucker born every minute”.

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