We about sprayed our copy of the Washington Post with coffee yesterday morning upon seeing this full-page ad on page A5. Yup, that wold be the front section, Main Street. Unbelievable. That was good enough to hold us over until somebody sent us a few pictures.
Apparently this group — The Center for Union Facts — staged a protest out in front of the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington yesterday. Remember, folks, the AFL pickets, they don’t get picketed — at least not until today. Of late, the AFL folks in Washington are fond of rallying around a giant inflatable rat and contracting out the dirty work by hiring homeless people for substandard wages — and no benefits — to picket for them while the chiefs stay warm inside on these cold winter days. Well this group went one better and found themselves a giant inflatable dinosaur, and not a homeless person in sight. In this shot you can see the dinosaur with the banner on the side that says, “UnionFacts.com – The Facts They Don’t Want You to Know”. In this one, you can see the dinosaur and the AFL-CIO sign in the background with at least one apparently bemused or bewildered passerby. Classic. Finally, in this shot, you see the pickets with their signs: “Labor Leaders Dis-Organized” and “AFL-CIO Colossal Fossil”. Wish we’d thought of it.
Lest all be lost on fun, there is a fair amount of substance behind this effort. We went and checked out their site, and would urge you to check it out, too. There you’ll find a treasure trove of information. There is detailed information on over 100 unions, including the salaries of their top officers and an accounting of their political donations. There is an entire section for union members, listing their rights in elections, decertification and as whistelblowers. All in all, pretty powerful information in the hands of the average union member who doesn’t really agree with the direction of their union or how their dues money is being spent.
So check out UnionFacts.com, and please do your part to get it around to union members. If they know the truth, to paraphrase the Biblical adage, it might one day set them free.
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