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Boycott Labatt's ... Beer's full of scabs

Post by coqui_chris » Sun Jun 23, 2013 1:21 pm

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As many workers get ready to blow off the week’s steam with a few beers, striking Labatt Brewing Company workers are calling for a boycott of the Canadian brewer’s products. Labatt has hired the infamous AFIMAC security firm to provide scabs and other strike services. (Last year, In These Times profiled an AFIMAC-sponsored conference headlined by Henry Winkler, a.k.a. the Fonz).
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Re: Boycott Labatt's ... Beer's full of scabs

Post by Palinka (RIP) » Sun Jun 23, 2013 1:27 pm

Easy for me; I only drink beer to be marginally more sociable; but I'll spread the word.
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Re: Boycott Labatt's ... Beer's full of scabs

Post by coqui_chris » Sun Jun 23, 2013 1:39 pm

Palinka wrote:Easy for me; I only drink beer to be marginally more sociable; but I'll spread the word.
TBH I never reach for a Labatt's my own self. But they are owned by Anheuser-Busch Inbev and this brand only made $9.4 billion net profit last year ... Sheesh!

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Re: Boycott Labatt's ... Beer's full of scabs

Post by Frankennietzsche » Sun Jun 23, 2013 8:20 pm

Wouldn't a beer full of scabs get you free beer, like a beer with a mouse in it?
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Re: Boycott Labatt's ... Beer's full of scabs

Post by coqui_chris » Sun Jun 23, 2013 8:26 pm

frankennietzsche wrote:Wouldn't a beer full of scabs get you free beer, like a beer with a mouse in it?
Good point! If they made $9.4 billion in profits last year, then surely they can lower the prices so we get a free beer per-6-pack while still paying the Working Man a Living Wage.
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Re: Boycott Labatt's ... Beer's full of scabs

Post by Dylboz » Sun Jun 23, 2013 11:51 pm

What if you find a mouse in their beer?
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Post by Palinka (RIP) » Mon Jun 24, 2013 1:54 am

Dylboz wrote:What if you find a mouse in their beer?
Surely it'd be more likely to find a moose in that beer?
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Post by Patchez » Mon Jun 24, 2013 9:23 pm

Palinka wrote:
Dylboz wrote:What if you find a mouse in their beer?
Surely it'd be more likely to find a moose in that beer?
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Re: Boycott Labatt's ... Beer's full of scabs

Post by NYDingbat » Wed Jun 26, 2013 11:23 pm

Is this the point where those of us who think unions are the bane of private industry and public service alike chime in?

Unions have been around far longer than they were necessary in the early 20th century. Then they were a necessary control on dangerous and oppressive working conditions then. No longer.

For the last few decades they have been proven to be nothing but an impediment to technological progress. See the Communications Workers' of America (CWA's) opposition to the Telecommunications Act in the 90s.

All I saw of the CWA while I worked for the phone company in NY was restricting installers and repairmen from doing more than four jobs a day when they could've easily done six or more, depending on the job, for the sole purpose of charging overtime. I also saw foremen catching installers IN THE BAR during working hours when they were supposed to be, y'know, installing phones, suspend them, only to see the union grieve the suspension and get the layabouts their suspension money back. I have also seen union reps represent sales and services reps who stole sales from fellow reps. Disgraceful. Spineless management leads to union misbehavior. Not satisfied? Does it bother you that raises are granted simply by time showing up for work as opposed to merit?

Union rules cripple construction, education, telecommunications and any other industry they infect. They have not been necessary since the sweatshops of the early 20th century.

So I won't be boycotting any company that is standing up to unreasonable union demands.
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Re: Boycott Labatt's ... Beer's full of scabs

Post by coqui_chris » Thu Jun 27, 2013 10:42 am

NYDingbat wrote:Is this the point where those of us who think unions are the bane of private industry and public service alike chime in?

Unions have been around far longer than they were necessary in the early 20th century. Then they were a necessary control on dangerous and oppressive working conditions then. No longer.
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Re: Boycott Labatt's ... Beer's full of scabs

Post by Palinka (RIP) » Thu Jun 27, 2013 11:20 am

I make no comment but offer this, from George Sand's "Jean Zizka", "Poor workers or sick people, you must always struggle against those who tell you: "Work hard to livd badly!""

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Re: Boycott Labatt's ... Beer's full of scabs

Post by coqui_chris » Thu Jun 27, 2013 11:31 am

Like unions or not, self-employed or stand united, I'd just like to point out that an argument was made against union workers for drinking beer. In a bar. On the Modern DRUNKARD Magazine site.
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sot - toper - drinker - tippler - inebriate - boozer
And notwithstanding that in these days of automation and computerization and GPS tracking and furthermore of random compulsory drug-and-alcohol testing, a union worker drinking in a bar on the company's dime has been very effectively extinguished. As a matter of fact, signing a collective bargaining agreement, while clearly enshrining fair compensation and benefits and fighting for a secure retirement fund, also requires a much much much higher level of accountability by the worker, an accountability whose scrunity is increasing more and more each day due to technology.
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Re: Boycott Labatt's ... Beer's full of scabs

Post by Palinka (RIP) » Thu Jun 27, 2013 12:24 pm

With apologies, this thread has now become "Politics" and now belongs in that forum.

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Re: Boycott Labatt's ... Beer's full of scabs

Post by One for the Frog » Thu Jun 27, 2013 12:51 pm

Union workers, like every one on this planet, should drink in pubs.
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Re: Boycott Labatt's ... Beer's full of scabs

Post by Mr. Viking » Thu Jun 27, 2013 1:32 pm

I was signed up to a union by an aggressive man the first job I ever had. They did get pay rises for workers, but I didn't get one because I was only temporary staff. A lot of unions are bloated and have some fairly unscrupulous members. I'm uncomfortable with how some people work for the union and make mopre money than the people they represent, which seems crooked.
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