Wrong Way For Labor – Again

By October 30, 2006Labor Unions

Thanks to one of our regular labor skate readers, one of the many who are fed up with John Sweeney’s AFL-CIO, for sending along this gem.

Here’s the set up: The AFL-CIO headquarters sits on the corner of 16th St. and I (also known as “Eye”) Street in Washington, DC. In an attempt to get their message out, they have hung this westward-facing “Had Enough? Vote” banner from the corner of their building. Never mind that its rife with inaccuracies and that it portends flushing more of their members’ money down the drain, supporting causes and candidates which the members don’t support. We’re so over that.

No, to get the full impact, you must look at this picture, which includes a view of traffic on Eye Street. Notice the “One Way” signs and note which way the traffic is moving. That’s right, Eye Street is a one-way street, going westbound. That means the sign faces the wrong way on a one-way street, away from the hordes of people who might otherwise see it each day.

As we picked ourselves up off the floor from laughing over this latest colossally stupid move by the boneheads over at the AFL-CIO, it occurred to us that no, this was actually quite fitting. Why? Because for the hundreds of thousands of people driving westbound down Eye St. in the Nation’s Capitol each week, they see labor’s message the same way the rest of America can see all that was great about the American Labor Movement: In the rear view mirror.

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  • Scooter says:

    Re: the comment by M. Hutchens:

    Ouch! Guess those worker bees won’t get invited to the Sweeney Retirement Gala (time and place TBA, soon, hopefully).

  • M. Hutchens says:

    You’re overlooking an alternative, and equally likely, reason for the location of the banner. Instead of negligence and/or stupidity, the banner might have wound up on that corner because it blocks the windows of those AFL-CIO employees with the least seniority and clout. After all, in the AFL-CIO universe, seniority and clout take precedence over effective business decisions.