San Francisco is generally known as a “union town,” where union brothers and sisters share in their gains and losses…together. Where the union term ‘solidarity’ still means sticking together.
It appears, though, that times, they are a changin’ as the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers has gone and done the unthinkable—crossed a fellow union’s picket line.
via the San Francisco Examiner:
“I’ve never seen anything like it in 40 years,” said Bruce Word, president of the Western States Council of Sheet Metal Workers.
Trayer, a family-owned business that’s been in San Francisco for decades, builds medium-voltage electrical switchgear used by utility companies including PG&E and San Diego Gas & Electric.
The company employs a few dozen workers from both the sheet-metal union and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1245 for “good, middle-class jobs” that pay between $20 and $35 an hour, according to Rick Werner, business agent for the local Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
The sheet-metal workers have been without a contract since July 2013 and went on strike — a work stoppage sanctioned and signed off on by the politically influential San Francisco Labor Council — last month.
But IBEW 1245 is not on strike and has a contract in place. The workers who crossed the line to go to work Friday are from the IBEW.
That was the affront that earned them their name scrawled on a sign affixed to the rat. Derisive shouts and hollers from the men and women on strike followed the IBEW workers, as well as the 20 or so nonunion workers hired from out of state to cover the sheet-metal positions as they crossed the picket line to go to work, all under the watchful eye of police and private security at the gate. [Emphasis added.]
So, it would appear that, as long as the IBEW is getting its ‘fair share,’ the IBEW will work side-by-side with so-called ‘scabs’ while the Sheet Metal Workers can go without.
So much for the saying “An injury to one is an injury to all.”