Gut Rumbles

March 20, 2005

good for them

The UAW changed its mind about banning Marines who drive foreign cars or sport pro-Bush bumper stickers from parking in its lot. Tons of negative publicity may have had something to do with the bastard union thugs the UAW changing its mind, but I like the Marine response better.

To sum it up in two words, it was "Fuck You!"

I talked to Ron; I let him know that I understand he has rescinded his decision," said Lt. Col. Joe Rutledge, a top-ranking officer at the reserve infantry rifle battalion. "However, I've made my decision -- either you support the Marines or you don't."

The Marines found another place to park. Good for them.

And I think this entire affair is VERY bad for the UAW. I know those antiquated, useless union dinosaurs still believe that belligerance, assholery, intimidation and thuggery are the keys to bettering the life of the working man, and I could understand it if they merely bashed a few scab-heads, burned down a few houses and randomly killed a few people. That's what they do best.

But to diss The United States Marines during a time of war? That's a gigantic brain-fart even for the UAW. Just whose fucking side are you on, anyway? Assholes. No wonder your power and influence shrinks more and more every day. It ain't the 1930s any more, boys, and you can't bring that time back no matter how much you fantasize about it.

We build a car as good as anything the Japanese make today and the UAW deserves no credit whatsoever for that fact. We build a good car IN SPITE of the union, not because of it. Those bastards almost destroyed US auto manufacturing back in the 70s. We need them today like I need a boil on my Cracker ass.

Did I mention before that I am not very fond of unions?

I stole the link from here.


The strangest part is Ron Gettelfinger was a U.S.M.C reservist.

Posted by: Ron on March 20, 2005 12:40 PM

I performed an informal poll on my forum, regarding this subject.

95% of the people who voted for Kerry were driving imported cars.

95% of the people who voted for Bush were driving domestic, UAW-produced cars.

Makes the UAW seem all the more ignorant, no?

Posted by: GORDON on March 20, 2005 12:54 PM

I drive a Chevy truck. I've never owned a rice-burner in my life. I don't intend to buy one, either, but I've got no goddam use for the UAW.

Posted by: Acidman on March 20, 2005 01:10 PM

When I lived in Alabama I worked for Chrysler Electronics and the techs were all UAW. They were the ugliest bunch to work with. So much so I was amazed we got anything done. Since I left, the plant has been sold to Siemens, but the union is still there for a while. A friend emailed the following, showing how the idiots are still at it:

“Well Danny Lane has weaved himself a nasty web. He hates me to no end. Why ? Because I have a lot of test programs going at any one time: to stay on top of them and keep them flowing through the labs I'm speaking to the techs every day throughout the day: strategizing, planning, directing, etc. And Danny, who is possibly smarter than anyone else in the world, is disgruntled with his lot in life. He feels that only he can direct himself and will not take direction from anyone. He does things his way or not at all. Consequently he runs head long into conflict with me. I can stop to ask him a question and he'll literally turn and walk off. Other times he will openly lie.

Now he's taken to being disruptive each and every minute of the day he can: holding impromptu management bashing sessions: G-Damn Van Hooser, Mother Fu'ing Engineers, stupid-ass idiot management, etc, etc, openly loud and nasty. This sort of thing stops other techs in their busy day, and it can go on for hours. He's taken to walking through the lab and turning on a radio near full volume and walking out. We now have a card reader to get into the lab and when Engineers come to the door and can't get in he merely stands there, looks at them and walks off. Yesterday one tech came back from a break to find his test setup on a transient station turned off. When he turned it back on smoke commenced and sparks flew. Wires had been crossed. No direct evidence but no other tech would do this sort of thing. Other techs' declare it must be Danny.

I've been telling Dave' and Suresh of this behavior for months. Their attitude is: just keep an eye on things, there's nothing we can do. Suresh even told me not to bother with documenting these events. Well bullshit on that. I went to Joe Herbon, our head guy over Engineering (sorta), Sureshs' Boss, and along with Jim Sulcer who to his credit had the courage to come with me told Joe Herbon everything, even Sureshs' attitude toward this. Joe hit the ceiling.

Joe told me to document everything. He said he would not tolerate any of this no matter how small. And Sureshs' attitude wasn't going to wash either. He said he would get the ball rolling, that we weren't going to have this crap at Siemens. Well, Andrea and I had dinner with Joe tonight, (He goes to our church, St. Johns) and Joe said he brought the head union guy into his office today. Joe told the union guy he wouldn't listen to any excuses and that Danny was about to be removed from the lab. Essentially giving Danny one last chance to rectify his behavior in a big way or he's out. Period.

Joe ask me how things went today. Danny had a 2 hour Conducted Immunity test to run and then I had directed him to move to TEM Cell. Starting that and running all day would also leave it for Dwain to run on second shift. Well Danny didn't even finish the conducted immunity. He screwed off all day. Joe was not to happy, especially when he understood how this had not only wasted money all day but left second shift short as well.

There's only so much unprofessional disruption that can be allowed in the lab, and the threshold should be a very short one indeed, particularly when it comes to sabotaging a test set up. Advising management for months of this daily behavior and not getting action is far long enough. I can no longer take a day to day work environment of listening to Danny cursing everyone's name, disrupting other tech's, lying, walking off, and now possibly sabotaging tests, etc..etc...etc....

Tell me oh great one. When my direct management does nothing, I'm at fault if I don't bring this to a higher level. Am I not ?”


Posted by: kevin S on March 21, 2005 07:11 AM
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