Labor Solidarity? Don’t Ask the Building Trades

After getting thrown out of Jane Campbell's gala opening at the Galleria yesterday for wearing my blue Walmart smock, I was standing outside with my other smock wearers, when out walked John Kilbane, Business Manager for Building Trades Local 310. Kilbane walked across the street to where we were standing and gave us his strategy for fighting Walmart. "You know how you fight Walmart? You wait until they open, wait until they build the thing, and then you go after them. I don't approve of your tactics now, but after the thing is built, we'll be right with you." How convenient. The only union workers involved in that site, ever, will be the ones who build it, Kilbane's members. Everyone else can go pound salt until the building trades get their slice of the pie...then whoopeee! Solidarity!

5 Responses to “Labor Solidarity? Don’t Ask the Building Trades”

  1. Daniella says:

    Lech Walesa, he’s not…

  2. TheLady says:

    Somebody once said that the Building Trades would build the gallows by which they were condemned to hang, but hey, it would at least be built union!

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