Swamped with, well, everything, but, quickly: my local daily newspaper in the Berkshires is sending scabs (paid for by Berkshires residents and advertisers, thankyouverymuch) to break a newspaper strike in Youngstown, Ohio. Let me first say, fuck you, Berkshire Eagle. If I subscribed to your amateurish, raggedy-ass paper, I would certainly cancel my subscription.
The striking workers have their own publication called The Valley Voice, and I'd advise you to check it out. It's pretty amazing, and it tells the story of the strike as well as continues to report real community news. Awesome.
If you're not feeling too sympathetic, let me say: 1) How much does it suck when your employer takes advantage of you, cutting benefits and not giving raises when the cost of living has gone up so much? Don't you wish you could do something about it without losing your job? Well, yeah, exactly, that's why we have the labor movement. Just because your workplace is not unionized and you are feeling bitter is no reason to hate on those who are lucky enough to have collective bargaining power! And, 2) It's the holiday season, and without work, these people aren't going to have any Christmas presents for the kiddies. How sad is that? I mean, to go to your employer with some pretty reasonable requests and basically be locked out of your job right before the holidays, then to see your job done by people farmed in from elsewhere and paid astronomical sums for their scabbitude? Boo on that.
(Also, like, this whole thing = total example of why media consolidation is so bad -- all these ginormous corporations have a real interest in seeing unions slapped down, so of course they want to support the other big media. The more that one conglomerate can get away with, the more they all can. All the more reason to remind these corporations that they're supposed to be accountable to us, and it's in the greater public interest, especially in a small community like Youngstown, to have people getting a fair wage.)
I think it's hyper-important to support unions, because by calling employers to be accountable, it benefits all of us, really, by raising the bar of what employers owe their employees. Send yer cash donations to the Youngstown Newspaper Guild, PO Box 1135, Youngstown, OH 44501. If you have any interest in placing an ad in The Valley Voice, created by the striking workers and delivered throughout the Youngstown area, call 330-744-0562. I am going to try and find out about a Christmas fund and will post what I find.
Now! Must dash, I am code-red late! Oh, and again, fuck you, Berkshire Eagle, for supporting this disgusting matter! I will seek my revenge on you!