I Saw a Picket Line, but I Didn't Cross it

There is a strike taking place on the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus today.
Read all about it here.

In regards to what I've seen so far, there hasn't been a ton of action on the campus today in regards to the strike. Then again, I might have missed something.

I did drive past the picket line on my drive to my office. I was following a private company's electrical service truck. All the picketers were waving at him and whooping. I wondered if he was a scab electrician coming to cover for someone striking.

Out of nowhere, last week, one of my colleagues said to me, "My grandmother was a communist. My mother was a socialist. I don't know what I am, but I know you don't cross a picket line."

And I almost said, but I checked myself "Your grandmother was a COMMUNIST?!"

Anywho, I'm glad I didn't have to cross a picket line today.

photo lifted from WorkDay Minnesota
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1 comment:

Jesse Mullan said...

It's actually illegal for state employees to strike in sympathy with another bargaining unit. It's also illegal for state employees to block entrances while on strike.

An electrician working under contract is probably a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. An electrician in the direct employ of the University would likely be a Teamster like the other facilities workers (but it's hard to say).

The big rally yesterday was on Northrup mall. I shot film or I'd share pictures.