A Washington conservative group has vowed to boycott Labor Day because of the holiday’s association with labor unions. The Freedom Foundation, based in Olympia, will be protesting the holiday by having a “work-in” on Monday.
“I can’t think of a problem in society that can’t be traced in some way back to the abuses of organized labor, so it would be hypocritical of us to take a day off on its behalf,” said Freedom Foundation CEO Tom McCabe.
Of course, if he really want to stick it to unions, McCabe’s organization would work on Saturdays, as well, as Seattle Times reporter Danny Westneat points out.
“What’s odd about it, though,” wrote Westneat, “is that only 12 percent of American workers even belong to unions anymore. Yet we — I say ‘we’ because I’m in that 12 percent — somehow retain an almost supernatural mind-meld authority over the oppressed and hapless other 88 percent.”
The organization has called public sector unions a “disease” that is destroying Washington and needs to be cured.
Westneat pointed to Boeing’s 787 disaster as an example of why unions are needed. “The 787 is now being called ‘a case study in how not to build an airplane,’” Westneat said. “It was the workers who warned that the program wasn’t going to fly, and management who ignored them. Yet it was management who were handsomely rewarded, while the workers — when they weren’t saving the Dreamliner debacle from imploding — who had their retirements slashed.”
The FAA ordered all Boeing 787s grounded, and the world followed suit, in 2013 after incidents involving major battery malfunctions on the jets. It was the first time in four decades that U.S. regulators have taken such drastic action to ground a major airliner.
Boeing eventually apologized for the disastrous results. “On behalf of the Boeing Company and the 170,000 people which I represent today, I want first to apologize for the fact that we’ve had two incidents with our two very precious customers, ANA and JAL,” Raymond Conner, the head of the commercial aircraft division, said.
“But let’s all protest against this and stagnant wages and outsourced jobs and all the other realities of work in America by…working on Labor Day!” the columnist concluded.