Mar 11, 2009
As I photographed the demonstration this morning at St. Lukes, Allentown, I noticed a protesting union member photographing me. On Feb. 24, The Morning Call printed my blog about the Card Check Proposal, including my photograph of the union thugs from "On The Waterfront." That publication resulted in a robust back and forth between pro and con union people on the Topix forum. Since then, the paper has published two letters, both from Union Organizers, taking issue with my position on the blog. The most recent letter stated my inclusion of the photograph, implying intimidation, was an insult to the Unions.
Back to this morning, I crossed the street to confront my photographer. I asked how they could stage something so demonstrative and be concerned that someone was photographing it? The protester, from the Carpenters Union, was very polite and not at all menacing. He declined to discuss my question or their protest, but did give me a printout. His Union is upset that St. Lukes has engaged a construction manager, whose subcontractors use non-union workers, for a new outpatient center in Montgomery County.
Yesterday, The Morning Call published a surprising editorial opposed to the Card Check System. The editors have issues with both the lack of secret ballot and the timing in our current economy. I should also note that on Saturday, in an article about changing their Editor- in- Chief, they hinted at producing a more controversial publication.
Personally, although opposed to the Card Check Law, I am not anti-union. I used the photograph from the movie because one of the people shown was a relative. I believe that hundreds of comments on Mcall, indicate that the Card Check is very contentious,and should receive much more public discourse prior to any vote.