Feb 20, 2009
Sign the Card
Two years ago the sewing workers at Tama Manufacturing picketed, wanting more than the $18 per hour average salary. Tama has now closed the doors; it was one of the last of the needle trade businesses to still operate in the Lehigh Valley. Those same workers now will be lucky to find a job at K-Mart, paying $9 an hour. Perhaps nothing more symbolizes the disconnect between people and reality than The Employee Free Choice Act. At a time when every American manufacturer is struggling to justify continuing production, unions will be able to organize without respecting the workers right to a private vote. The "card check" procedure will allow unions to form by collecting a simple majority of signed cards. A union had a full time presence in Allentown for over ten years trying to organize CedarBrook, the county nursing home, which the workers rejected by vote time and time again. Donny "Union" Cunningham allowed a card check immediately upon assuming office, opening the back door for the unwanted intruder. Allentown is full of former sewing factories being turned into apartments, but where will the jobs be to pay the rent? The above picture is of three union representatives from the movie "On The Waterfront". Playing the characters are retired heavyweight boxers Tony Galento, Tami Mauriello and my cousin, Abe Simon. If they asked you to sign, you would say "Where's the pen? "
CORRECTION: The average hourly rate at Tama was $10.50