As I sat watching television tonight, someone snuck up to my house and quietly slipped something in my mailbox. Since I have a dog, I knew they were there instantly. Woof!
I found a folded up piece of red paper with this written on it:
Please be advised that you have a SCAB living in your neighborhood!! His name is _________. A scab is a person who has no morals, who takes advantage of people who are locked out by their employer or on strike. A SCAB is a person who crosses picket lines to do other people’s work while they are fighting to keep the wages and benefits that they have negotiated.
A SCAB is a person who is greedy, selfish and despicable. Who is “SCUM OF THE EARTH”
He may take your job next!!
At first I chuckled a bit but then, as I thought about it, I started to get a little annoyed. Has this person done anything wrong? In these times of “economic turmoil” can anyone really be blamed for accepting an opportunity?
I’m not saying I condone a person crossing a picket line. I probably wouldn’t do it. What is bothering me is that someone has taken the time to single out this person in his own community, depicting him as some kind of monster to his neighbors. Couldn’t this sneaky courier have found better ways of fighting his battle? More important enemies to target?
Seems to me that a strike occurs, generally, when workers become unsatisfied with what is being offered from their employers. Doing battle with the evils in corporate should take a great deal of energy, if it’s truly a cause worth fighting for. Why is this person, or persons, taking the time to walk neighborhoods, stuffing slanderous junk mail into peoples mailboxes?
If you are striking, are you not part of a union? Should it not be the job of the union to ensure that while striking, your job is protected and under no threat of being lost to one of these “scums of the earth“? If it is really a worry that you will lose your job while striking, I truly hope your union dues are received rather than paid out, as your union leaders are doing you a great disservice.
Doesn’t this person realize that this action can only benefit his adversary? Corporate Big Wig is sitting in his leather chair, finds out that the strikers are going after the “scabs”. He thinks, “Great! They’re getting nervous! The union is going to crack! Time to up the anti.” When striking, keep your eye on the prize. It lies just beyond your enemy.
Sorry to keep beating a dead horse here, but I just can’t believe someone would perform such a personal attack on some ordinary Joe who just wants to work! I highly doubt that this guy is going around looking for striking businesses so he can find work. That’s not in his best interest either! When looking for employment, what are the things that people look for. Job stability, decent wage and benefits. Why would someone aggressively seek work with a company that is striking for not having any of these things? It seems a little ridiculous to me.
My point? Who is really to blame here?
The company is to blame for:
- Putting profit over the happiness of and respect of his workers.
- Hiring replacement staff during a strike
The union is to blame for not:
- Creating a contract whereby new workers are not to be allowed to work in the instance of a strike.
- Instructing the union members on proper protocol during a strike situation.
- Charging union fees and not fulfilling their duties.
Don’t blame the scabs. They are just working stiffs like the rest of us. Blame the real enemies.