The guy who picks up Mitt Romney’s trash

Monday, October 1st, 2012 · 14 Comments »

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14 Responses to “The guy who picks up Mitt Romney’s trash”

  1. Jay says:

    I could care less about this charade of a “choice” before us, but this is a GREAT ad.

  2. Toonces says:

    What Jay said. Everyt talking point the Rethugs have, about America hating, about lazy moochers feeling entitled, about fiscal irresponsibility and irresponsibility in general, it’s all projection.

  3. Adrienne in CA says:

    Damn. Collecting garbage is a hard job, and I haven’t been thanking them. Will make a note for the holidays. How come they make it easy to tip for paper delivery, and not for garbage pickup?

  4. anna says:

    But of course it’s a guy doing a manly job that represents the working class, not a woman, even though women are much more likely to be poor. Sigh.

  5. Violet Socks says:

    Anna, the video is from the AFSCME union, and actually they do have some videos featuring women as well: http://www.youtube.com/user/afscme?feature=watch

    This particular video is powerful (to me) just because of the way the guy talks and the fact that he’s physically hauling away the detritus of the Romneys’ conspicuous consumption.

  6. tinfoil hattie says:

    It’s nice to give the refuse collectors a gift now and then, if you can afford it. So far, we are able to, and we just spend on our family less at holiday time. I hope we will keep being in a position to do so. Their work is truly invaluable, and seemingly “invisible.”

    Confidential to violet socks: Can you e-mail me, please? I can’t seem to find the “contact” info here, and I accidentally deleted 2,000 e-mails last month, your e-mail address among them.

    Thanks

  7. JeanLouise says:

    I’m pro-union but as one of the few women members of the AFSCME local in the 1970′s, the trash collectors who ran the union by virtue of their superior numbers treated women members like shit.

  8. Lexia says:

    Ditto women professional members of AFSCME in the mid 90′s. A local econ prof referred to them as “dues farmers”.

  9. tinfoil hattie says:

    @JeanLouise & Lexia, of course they were treated like shit. Unions are for men.

    Slight derail: I live in Virginia and I see that Obama and Romney are neck-and-neck here. Gee, too bad Obama threw women under the bus over and over and over. I’ll be voting Green. They earned my vote.

  10. Lexia says:

    TF @ 10:

    “@JeanLouise & Lexia, of course they were treated like shit. Unions are for men.”

    I noticed in the late 1990′s the constant media pounding on women and women’s rights resulted in many former advocates running for cover under whatever available other identity they had. Several went full on working class and union.

    The fact is that unions protect working men’s wages while doing absolutely nothing for women, thereby adding greatly to the economic force men exercise over women. If a woman cannot earn her own living, she must put up with whatever a man chooses to do to her in exchange for being “given” room, board and pocket money.

  11. Adrienne in CA says:

    Unions are for men? How about teachers and nurses, just to name two.

    Which of these protections, all of which unions pushed for and struggle against increasing opposition to keep intact, don’t benefit women?

    36 Reasons Why You Should Thank a Union

    Weekends
    All Breaks at Work, including your Lunch Breaks
    Paid Vacation
    FMLA
    Sick Leave
    Social Security
    Minimum Wage
    Civil Rights Act/Title VII (Prohibits Employer Discrimination)
    8-Hour Work Day
    Overtime Pay
    Child Labor Laws
    Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA)
    40 Hour Work Week
    Worker’s Compensation (Worker’s Comp)
    Unemployment Insurance
    Pensions
    Workplace Safety Standards and Regulations
    Employer Health Care Insurance
    Collective Bargaining Rights for Employees
    Wrongful Termination Laws
    Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
    Whistleblower Protection Laws
    Employee Polygraph Protect Act (Prohibits Employer from using a lie detector test on an employee)
    Veteran’s Employment and Training Services (VETS)
    Compensation increases and Evaluations (Raises)
    Sexual Harassment Laws
    Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
    Holiday Pay
    Employer Dental, Life, and Vision Insurance
    Privacy Rights
    Pregnancy and Parental Leave
    Military Leave
    The Right to Strike
    Public Education for Children
    Equal Pay Acts of 1963 & 2011 (Requires employers pay men and women equally for the same amount of work)
    Laws Ending Sweatshops in the United States

  12. Lexia says:

    “Which of these protections, all of which unions pushed for and struggle against increasing opposition to keep intact, don’t benefit women?”

    All of them don’t, if the unions either choose not to enforce them for women members, or don’t allow women in in the first place. AFSCME has a history of not fighting for the rights of its women members and other AFL-CIO affiliates don’t allow women in period. Longshoremen and crane operators today, for example, and many others historically.

    Teachers and nurses unions do benefit women who work those jobs, but do not as unions do anything about the sex segregation that keeps jobs in those fields relatively low paid, especially given the stress levels of the jobs and the very high educational requirements.

  13. Adrienne in CA says:

    Certainly Patriarchy thrives in unions as it does everywhere. As Violet says, the P is the water, and we’re all fish. But it’s extreme to suggest that unions do “absolutely nothing” for women. How little would teachers and nurses be paid without them?

  14. JeanLouise says:

    I don’t agree with the idea that unions do nothing for women but the two unions I’ve belonged to were overwhelmingly male and the assistance over more than two decades was spotty and depended almost entirely on who was currently in leadership. At one point, I had to threaten to sue the union to get representation in a gender discrimination issue. The same union is now trying to vote out the single woman who holds a leadership position. It may well be not because she’s a woman but because she’s an “old guard” person. However, the “new guard” has no women members. The backlash against women is powerful.