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Union Uses Pinkertons to Manhandle Union Employees Blocking Union Headquarters to Prevent Union Managers from Crossing Union Picket Line (Got All That?)

posted at 7:19 pm on September 1, 2010 by

Professional employees of the Ohio Education Association went on strike today.

“We are disappointed we could not complete negotiations before the PSU contract expired. OEA is ready to meet at any time to resolve our remaining issues,” said OEA President Patricia Frost-Brooks in a statement.

OEA was able to reach a tentative agreement with the union representing support staff, but it won’t help OEA immediately, since the support staff will honor the professional staff’s picket line.

This is the first OEA staff strike since 1997.

UPDATE: Grab your popcorn. “At Least 1 Picketer Arrested Outside OEA Building.” For background on these types of staff job actions, you’ll want to read this.

UPDATE #2: The Buckeye Institute has video of the picket line. Looks more like a sit-down to me.

UPDATE #3: Even if you finished your popcorn, you’ll need a box of Jujubes for these photos of the street theater going on in front of OEA headquarters.

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There’s history behind that rhetoric ["union thugs"]. That’s how bosses and politicians in decades past justified the terrorizing of workers, the murdering of organizers.

- AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

So how do (union) bosses today justify the terrorizing of workers?

malclave on September 1, 2010 at 7:32 PM

So how do (union) bosses today justify the terrorizing of workers?

malclave on September 1, 2010 at 7:32 PM

Either go along, or suffer the consequences! How soon, before this hits everyone, Union, or not???

capejasmine on September 1, 2010 at 7:38 PM

Do Pinkertons still have handlebar mustaches and ride horses?

Mark1971 on September 1, 2010 at 8:25 PM

Bah humbug!! I’m just plain sick of teachers and other unionized public employees always grabbing more . When do they pick up their share of the pain? They’ve always got their greedy hands out.

jeanie on September 2, 2010 at 9:12 AM

What happened to the robber barons after the unions defeated them?

They all got jobs as union presidents.

sabbahillel on September 2, 2010 at 9:56 AM

For the curious:
http://www.pgs-usa.com/
The Pinkertons are now a division of Securitas AB.

I find this bit of Pinkerton trivia immensely interesting:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinkerton_National_Detective_Agency

At its height, the Pinkerton National Detective Agency employed more agents than there were members of the standing army of the United States of America

strictnein on September 2, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Union leaders sympathize with the working class so that they don’t have to be part of the working class.

DAT60A3 on September 2, 2010 at 1:11 PM