My dad was a teamster during the great Teamster strike of the early 70s. His team got along great with management, where happy with their pay and working conditions, and didn’t want to strike. But some big guys came down from Detroit in a couple Caddies, looked around and said “Dwayne, The union is all going on strike, youse gotta go on strike too.”
“But we don’t have anything we want to strike FOR.”
“Do it for youse families.”
“What do you mean by that?”
“How would youse feed your families if this place was to burn to the ground? If you was to be kicked out of da union, and your little boy was to get hurt bad, how would you pay medical expenses? Oh and youse guys gotta actually walk the picket line or youse don’t get your strike pay”
Then the goons in the caddies drove back to Detroit, and dad and the
rest walked the picket lines. People who wildcatted that strike where
hurt or killed… I remember one guy was hauling dynamite for the coal
mines in KY. The sniper that shot his truck hit the load… It cratered
Dad died in harness about 20 years ago. Mom got the princely sum of
28 bucks a month as survivor benefits until she remarried. Tell me why I
should support the union?
And to the frothing "We want a revolution!" leftists:
Finally, I’m viewed by those aforementioned liberals as a rabid frothing
at the mouth conservative. Well, I’m starting to feel like Marten L.
King jr. on that. Because I hate to break it to the folks from both
coasts, and the really big cities in between, (Denver, Austin, I’m
looking at you here) but you folks really want to talk to me, because
you DON’T want to talk to Malcom X.
I've met some Malcolm X types, and he's right: they really DON'T want to have to deal with them.