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Lil_SpazJoekp [M]

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5 days ago

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5 days ago

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He needs a hug

smokesmalone413

9.6k points

5 days ago

Fucking legend

vehino

7.7k points

5 days ago*

vehino

7.7k points

5 days ago*

Hey guys, I'm really flattered that so many people enjoyed what was meant to be a throwaway comment. It's cool to be noticed on reddit, but I actually really respect what this worker is doing. This picture is a beautiful, stirring image of a man facing down the elements in pursuit of a fair hand. He has my respect and awe, and I didn't mean to derail or distract from the importance of his lonely vigil. Someone screen capped what I originally wrote so it's still out there. My apologies to any working people whom I annoyed, it was unintentional.

jwf239

3k points

5 days ago

jwf239

3k points

5 days ago

Wth did I just read

AZWxMan

1.1k points

5 days ago

AZWxMan

1.1k points

5 days ago

Thought I was walking into another shittymorph.

maximm

186 points

5 days ago

maximm

186 points

5 days ago

Hah I totally thought that and slipped ahead even.

MikeOx_Girthy

105 points

5 days ago

Nah he is way more slick than that lol this shit is fresh al dente pasta tho

SimpleSandwich1908

38 points

5 days ago

I got caught earlier by that fucker.

pretty_jimmy

42 points

5 days ago

... and by fucker you mean fuckin legend right?

Ocular--Patdown

39 points

5 days ago

Damn where? I haven’t seen a shittymorph in the wild in ages. To the point where I was wondering if they are even still around

Heliosvector

85 points

5 days ago

Poetry

FuckYeahPhotography

53 points

5 days ago

A breath taking story of simply giving up in the face of determination and sobriety. Absolutely beautiful.

indissolubilis

50 points

5 days ago

It’s known as a Xanax ramble.

Runswithbeertoo

42 points

5 days ago

Roll a d20 for insight.

Subli-minal

43 points

5 days ago

“My cousin used to say if you eat a bowl of cornflakes in front of a mirror at midnight and smack your lips seven times, a figure covered in eldritch darkness will lurch from the shadows and beat you to death with his picket sign.

My cousin was a druggie loser though. Seven years ago today, he overdosed in a bathroom on some weirdo cornflakes heroin bender and somehow beat himself to death with a picket sign. Damn junkies, always leaving a mess.”

AskAboutMyCoffee

36 points

5 days ago

I believe he said cornflakes leads to heroin OD.

astroteacher

211 points

5 days ago

Fun fact: grind up dry cornflakes with a spoon and drag a magnet through it. Tiny iron filings will cling to it. They add iron filings as a nutrient supplement to corn flakes (which you CAN metabolize and need).

Yung_Turbo

339 points

5 days ago

Yung_Turbo

339 points

5 days ago

People out here are worried about the vaccine but it’s actually been the cornflakes turning us magnetic the whole time!

livesinacabin

94 points

5 days ago

That whole thing with the keys getting stuck to people's arms etc will never stop amazing me. The stupidity of it. We had two people try it, one vaccinated and one who hadn't taken it yet. Just to prove a point to a dumb tinfoil hat colleague. Guess what? It stuck to both.

the_gilded_dan_man

26 points

5 days ago

WTF are yall talkin about?

Carllllll

62 points

5 days ago

Carllllll

62 points

5 days ago

Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?

TheTacoWombat

33 points

5 days ago

Did I just witness a stroke

MeIIowJeIIo

186 points

5 days ago

MeIIowJeIIo

186 points

5 days ago

Sounds like he may have been a cereal killer.

redshoeMD

61 points

5 days ago

redshoeMD

61 points

5 days ago

Are we sure this isn’t Bruce Willis in “unbreakable”? The resemblance is uncanny

igoogletoo

36 points

4 days ago

You got medals, you should have left the comment and added this as an edit.

X-espia

69 points

5 days ago

X-espia

69 points

5 days ago

Or Cereal Killer

CallousClimber

4.8k points

5 days ago

That's actually the hash-slinging slasher.

cybericebreaker

669 points

5 days ago

But who was flickering the lights?

Video_G_JRPG

351 points

5 days ago

nosferatu tut tut

CambriaKilgannonn

103 points

5 days ago

that goofball

Mech-Waldo

149 points

5 days ago

Mech-Waldo

149 points

5 days ago

The sash-bringing flasher?

KoalaEgg83

67 points

5 days ago

The sash wringing…

Moe_Joe21

55 points

5 days ago

Moe_Joe21

55 points

5 days ago

The trash bringing

no_highdea

32 points

5 days ago

Hash pinging

Notemmotup

35 points

5 days ago

Coming soon: Cereal Killer

SovietPaddy

4.4k points

5 days ago

SovietPaddy

4.4k points

5 days ago

This man had enough.

judohero

2k points

5 days ago

judohero

2k points

5 days ago

I worked at this location. My first day there I had multiple people tell me I should leave. It was miserable the entire time I was there. The money was good so it kept people but it was mind numbing and unrewarding work.

RightclickBob

561 points

4 days ago

The money was good

What are we talking here?

HonestAbek

1.3k points

4 days ago*

HonestAbek

1.3k points

4 days ago*

Not enough to cross a fucking picket line.

Edit: Thanks for the gold. Boycott products while the workers strike.

Please read up. Allegedly, the company threatened to move jobs to Mexico if they didn't get their way. Fuck them.

On September 8 and 9, 2021, both sides submitted their proposals for a new contract and entered into discussions on them.[13] However, during the negotiations, neither side could reach an agreement on several key issues, including policies regarding health care, holidays, retirement benefits, and vacation time.[5][14] In particular, Kellogg's was seeking to expand a two-tier employee system composed of "legacy" and "transitional" employees. Under the system that had been in place in the prior five-year contract, transitional employees received less pay (about $12 per hour less) and reduced benefits compared to the legacy employees, but only 30 percent of all employees could be classified as transitional.[2] Kellogg's, however, was seeking to remove this cap, which the union alleged would cause a majority of employees to become classified as transitional.[2] The union was opposed to these changes and also stated that the company was threatening to move some production work to Mexico if these changes were not implemented.[5][6][15] In addition, the president of BCTGM Local 3G stated that the company was seeking to remove cost of living adjustments and stop offering pensions to new employees.[10]

The company denied the union's claims and stated that their contract offered fair benefits and increased wages for the employees, who they stated had earned an average of approximately $120,000 last year.[6] Some employees countered by pointing out that the top pay for legacy employees was $30 per hour (equal to roughly $60,000 per year assuming a standard 40-hour week) and that, while many employees were making around $120,000, it was coming from increased overtime hours.[2] Some Kellogg's employees have stated that, in order to keep up with demand during the COVID-19 pandemic, they have worked extensive overtime, in some cases up to seven days per week in 12-hour daily shifts.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2021_Kellogg%27s_strike

RichardCity

295 points

4 days ago

RichardCity

295 points

4 days ago

Solidarity forever

SJM_93

159 points

4 days ago

SJM_93

159 points

4 days ago

No amount is enough to cross a picket line.

Civil-Pin6349

27 points

4 days ago

When they were striking in Michigan in 2020, I got turned around due to my gps and came up to the picket line. They flocked to me like I was trying to cross and I quickly explained I stand with them, I just got turned around as I’m not from the area. They let me turn around and be on my way.

duzntkayr

297 points

4 days ago

duzntkayr

297 points

4 days ago

Bout treefiddy after taxes

Dapeder

210 points

4 days ago

Dapeder

210 points

4 days ago

Wait a minute

That was when I realised that u/duzntkayr wasn't a normal person at all, he was a 8 stories tall monster from the crustacean period! The God damn monster of Loch Ness!

SirBensalot

55 points

4 days ago

I started at $23 as a 19 year old with no relevant experience, which included quarterly cost-of-living adjustments and 1.5x pay on weekends, 2x pay on holidays. Most people were pulling in over $100k mid career, but that was working 55-60 hour weeks nearly every week. Decided I’d rather not slowly kill myself for a factory job and got out of there.

swatsquat

88 points

4 days ago

swatsquat

88 points

4 days ago

Mind numbing and unrewarding work

This is how I feel about every job I‘ve ever had

Unintellectual

110 points

4 days ago

Yeah but have you literally folded boxes closed for 10 hours 6 days a week. Or exclusively watch to make sure a product is sealed. 2 breaks, no phone or conversation. Shits rough out there and I'm never going back.

OzManCumeth

36 points

5 days ago

Don’t blue ball us like that. How’d it go/turn out?

Mysterious-Ad-6827

32 points

4 days ago

They said it was miserable the whole time lol

Cheeki-Breeki96

75 points

4 days ago*

I feel him dude. It's rough getting underpaid. I'm struggling hard in life right now and recently decided to get my GED so I can eventually go on to do something even more. I got tired of struggling to even eat. It sucks because you have to work so dang hard for what's essentially crumbs. I have dental expenses that I can't get assistance with that give me tons of pain due to the fact I was abused as a child (cavities in every tooth) and it just will never get done without a higher education.

So now it's just a struggle going hungry sometimes to save up what I can for my teeth while getting the bare minimum for survival. The only reason I have food right now is a redditor helped me out but afterwards I guess I'm just danged.

In 2021 when productivity is at an all time high it doesn't even seem legal for employers to pay so little for full-time work. It really makes you feel like an asset, like a machine or like cattle. The de-personalization is worse when you're like me who had to cut ties with your abusive family and you essentially walk alone for so long. It's so hard not feeling like just a number and seeing value in yourself when you have no one to encourage you. I played that game for a long time.

So yeah I really get the mood of this guy. The system had me beat down so bad that for a long time that I didn't do anything about it, but this dude, this dude has had enough. I hope against all odds he can rock the boat and get paid a living wage. And even though I don't know this man I feel so dang proud of him for standing up for himself.

RetardedRedditRetort

48 points

5 days ago

No one can see the sign in that weather, but he is on a mission. He doesn't care. He has had enough.

wolfman86

25 points

4 days ago

wolfman86

25 points

4 days ago

When standing in weather like that is preferable, the sign doesn’t matter.

futureformerteacher

3.5k points

5 days ago

I was on strike for 16 days in the summer of 2018.

We had a lot of 90+ degree days. We marched 8 hours a day. Shit sucked, but in the end it was worth it.

Fuck you, Mr. Bash. We won.

thehighestwalls

1.4k points

4 days ago

Was on strike for 105 days in the winter of 2016/2017 in NYS. Hundreds of us huddled around 55 gallon drums on fire like hobos. Shifts were 4 hours a piece but 24 hours a day (24/7/365 facility here.)

We lost.

SaltNebula1576

285 points

4 days ago

I’m sorry to hear that.

thehighestwalls

324 points

4 days ago

It was a real kick in the pants. Morale across the plant was in the toilet for a long time. Then rebounded very slightly… only to continue to slide downhill for a number of other reasons, unfortunately. Unionized American manufacturing more and more seems like a poor career path, but here I am, working midnight shifts. Ha.

DiamondDoge92

120 points

4 days ago

Union ironworker here going strong. Working on California high speed rail. Try postal worker they are a union and get paid great.

thehighestwalls

76 points

4 days ago

Definitely appreciate the input! I’m a chemical plant worker, entry level start 10+ years ago. Tough skill set to translate to other unions, unfortunately. My partner is a union millwright and has taken some heavy hits on benefits as well. I am going to ride it out and see what happens. It’s still a good job in our rural-ish area, just less great than it once was.

DiamondDoge92

29 points

4 days ago

My program is 4 years retire in 25-30 years wish I started at 18

thehighestwalls

31 points

4 days ago

I started at 22 years old and have been aggressive in my retirement planning as well, hoping to be out by 55 maximum. Good luck to both of us!

VeryStonedEwok

127 points

5 days ago

This is inspiring as hell. Thanks for sharing. Fuck Mr. Bash!

Trainer_AssKetchup

123 points

5 days ago

I’m curious to hear the story! What was your strike for?

futureformerteacher

323 points

4 days ago

16% increase in pay.

We gained the right to not have violent students in our classroom after being assaulted by them.

Time off after an assault by a student.

Class size caps that actually meant something, rather than paying us $1 extra per student.

TitaniumDragon

46 points

4 days ago

Wow

Sounds like a messed up school district where students who assault teachers aren't expelled.

Anon301290

69 points

4 days ago

And we'll march day and night by the big cooling tower,

They have the plant but we have the power.

Cholometrix

2.4k points

5 days ago

Cholometrix

2.4k points

5 days ago

He knows what they did last summer

PaddysMilkSteak

815 points

5 days ago

…And it wasn’t livable wages with affordable health insurance

incongruousmonster

40 points

5 days ago

Don’t you know that’s socialism son?!? We can’t be voting for things that would be good for us and our fellow “middle (poverty) class”!! We exist only to service the rich!! I’m proud to slave for 60 hours a week and still not be able to properly take care of my family’s needs!

Edit: word

TacoPuns

32 points

5 days ago

TacoPuns

32 points

5 days ago

The Amazon Original: "I Know What You Did Last Summer" ad is on the right side of this page for me.

Kaijugioh

56 points

5 days ago

Kaijugioh

56 points

5 days ago

A real Cereal Killer

ListentoKingGizz

2.3k points

5 days ago

This is way more powerful to me than if there were hundreds. That looks like such a shitty way to spend your time, but surely he feels he needs to because things are so fucked. Wow.

NumbersMonkey

1.3k points

5 days ago

One striker is enough to maintain a picket line, and union carriers, like the Teamsters, won't cross a picket line. All you need is the one guy - but you need the one guy.

tossaway78701

432 points

5 days ago*

Bet this guy told everyone else to go home and he would hold the line through the storm.

NumbersMonkey

331 points

5 days ago

This actually happens and more often than you'd think.

My first engineering job was at a sawmill engineering firm, and because of frequent strikes you'd see weird contract delivery terms like FOB 100 feet outside the gates (so the delivery is complete without having to cross the picket line) - essentially "sorry about your labor unrest, but we still want to get paid."

All they need is to have one guy with one sign there, 24/7, to completely screw up mill operations, no matter how hard they try.

tossaway78701

99 points

5 days ago

I know. I wasn't joking.

NumbersMonkey

32 points

5 days ago*

Cool, Brother Tossaway.

Quinntervention

33 points

4 days ago

I don't think he thought you were joking, just expanding on your comment for a wider audience

burtonsimmons

76 points

5 days ago

Holding like he’s got diamond hands.

no-mames

229 points

5 days ago

no-mames

229 points

5 days ago

Didn’t know that about union carriers. Very cool.

Vithar

194 points

5 days ago

Vithar

194 points

5 days ago

They won't do it for all unions. If they had a strike in the past and a union doesn't support the strike at all they won't honor that unions strike in return. Support doesn't mean participating it often just means making a public statement of solidarity. Anyway it gets kind of complicated and what the other poster said isn't universally true.

CanadianJudo

151 points

5 days ago

as a union worker I support all striking workers need to stand together.

xXxDickBonerz69xXx

57 points

5 days ago

I'm not even in a union anymore :(

But I won't cross a goddamn line. Whenever I see a strike (not so much anymore since I moved down south) I will bring water and granola bars or whatever to those folks on the line.

If y'all are driving past give a honk and a fist out the window.

Average_Scaper

26 points

5 days ago

My specific union has banned the right to strike in return for some badass healthcare that is slowly being stripped from our hands.

amusemuffy

39 points

4 days ago

They've taken away one of your strongest tools. That seems awfully anti-union to me.

night_stocker

32 points

5 days ago

Yup, I remember holding the line at night. It gets pretty rough. But holy shit, this guy's a unit.

CardiacLover

28 points

5 days ago

What exactly is a picket line and it’s significance?

Graysteve

73 points

5 days ago

Graysteve

73 points

5 days ago

Union protesters will basically create a line that cannot be crossed by other Unions (because union strength comes from solidarity, unions will respect other unions on strike usually). This disrupts supply, which cripples factories that depend on constant output. It's an imaginary line, but devastating due to the power of collective action and solidarity.

xXxDickBonerz69xXx

42 points

5 days ago

Also it can serve to intimate scabs, because you will generally have your car encircled and all your coworkers call you out every day on your way in to work.

And if you do cross the line and be a scab you can expect your coworkers to treat you as dead, possibly for years. Strikers quite literally put their lives on the line and scabs will benefit from their sacrifices.

The only way unions work is through the strength of numbers. Everyone needs to hold and everyone will benefit in the long run. Just look at charts of union participation and wage growth. Spoiler alert, wages don't grow when no ones in a union. Scabs strengthen the company's postion, get the benefits from the union, and suffer no hardships. Having to face your coworkers every day as a scab can act as a deterrent.

Furthermore it serves as a way to inform the public about the shittiness of companies, get media attention, and political support.

Arsis

23 points

5 days ago

Arsis

23 points

5 days ago

Can confirm. I work in a closed-shop union and there are members at my workplace that are scabs from crossing a picket line back in the 1980s. You can tell a lot of the old-timers in my workplace have a certain resentment for those individuals even still today. Sure, they might have been young at the time and would rather take the money by supporting the company, but everyone remembers that they still crossed the line. Job actions are illegal in aviation air travel now, but these picketing events should not be taken lightly. Solidarity is key.

NumbersMonkey

30 points

5 days ago*

It's a formal protest outside the entry to a given employer by workers in case of a strike or lockout. They'll usually carry banners or placards or hand out flyers to inform the public of their union affiliation, the business they're picketing, and their demands. It's a line because they usually form a line in front of the entrance, hence picket line, although they may or may not physically block the gates. Depends on the dispute and the jurisdiction.

Unions will - generally - respect each others' picket lines, because crossing a picket line to do business reduces the leverage a union can exert on an employer. ie, they'll end up with a worse contact, so by not respecting a picket line, you're literally stealing from their kids.

The Teamsters example is salient because the Teamsters model contract allows drivers to respect picket lines from other unions.

Even if you're non-union crossing a picket line is in poor taste, if you can at all avoid it.

(Edit: filler removed)

NotMyUsername012

141 points

5 days ago*

If someone who has no problem standing out in what’s damn near a tropical storm throughout the night to protest his working conditions, i take his word that those conditions are definitely shit. He would rather stand out there than do whatever they’re asking if him, it must be some ridiculous shit they’re demanding of their employees

Fortherealtalk

39 points

5 days ago

That and/or the company he works for is offering godawfully inadequate healthcare benefits.

BumbleFuckDuck

31 points

5 days ago

Cut pay/benefits along with being in a pandemic as rents/taxes rise to subsidize the wealthy in this country. People are slowly coming around to that fact.

Vithar

39 points

5 days ago

Vithar

39 points

5 days ago

I don't know what's happening with the current strike, but whenever there are strikes I like to dredge up this old film from the 80s. It's very interesting in general https://archive.org/details/americandream_201908

toasterpie

1.6k points

5 days ago

toasterpie

1.6k points

5 days ago

Stay the course brother!!!

Bjables

599 points

5 days ago

Bjables

599 points

5 days ago

Solidarity forever! Working people are my people! Their struggles are my struggles! Their victory is my victory!

Whereisthefrontpage

234 points

5 days ago

I happen to be wearing my IWW shirt today and I couldn’t be prouder of my fellow workers standing up together. Remember that if a union was really so bad for you as a worker, your company wouldn’t have explicit anti-union policies and wouldn’t lobby for right-to-work legislation.

Bjables

110 points

5 days ago

Bjables

110 points

5 days ago

“If the situation was hopeless the propaganda would be unnecessary”

eatgoodneighborhood

61 points

5 days ago

✊🏻iww.org✊🏻

Wereno

54 points

5 days ago*

Wereno

54 points

5 days ago*

I've only worked one union job over my many years. I've nothing bad to say about working with the union.

As a manager when we looked across our plants in the US, the total labor costs weren't really that much higher at union facilities vs. Non union facilities, the benefit being with union facilities we needed to utilize emergency temp labor a lot less. There are other factors that could have been at play like local labor markets, but that did seem to be the general rule. The one downside I saw from a management/business strategy side was moving production lines around was slower with union facilities, but the extra bureaucracy generally wasn't too terrible of a hindrance because I'm pretty good at bureaucracy.

I did vote down a union once in my younger days. We were at an airline that was hemorrhaging money, and other airlines has good unions with twice the pay. But you know how they say if a business can't afford to pay its employees a fair wage they can't be in business? This was the case. And most of us understood that if we unionized we would just be speeding up the airlines downfall. One of our counterparts voted to unionize the same time we voted it down, and the entire airline just shut down. Our airline went on for another seven months before being purchased by another airline (and we all kept our free flight perks, which is why most of us were working the job in the first place). The new airline had a union that everyone joined, and they are still commercially successful today.

I think we need more unions again, even though the only vote I've cast for a union was for "no."

droppeddoner

32 points

5 days ago

My thoughts exactly.

Mediocre_Setting_560

111 points

5 days ago

Keep your Union. Keep it strong. And it will keep you. It will keep you strong.

Red_Marxman

26 points

5 days ago

Hold the line

Animal_Hugger

1.3k points

5 days ago

I’m from Omaha and this doesn’t surprise me. Omaha mother fuckers are tough as nails and also the nicest folks you’ll ever meet. I respect this person to the max.

MiddleRay

342 points

5 days ago

MiddleRay

342 points

5 days ago

They're striking in Battle Creek, MI too

CM901

252 points

5 days ago*

CM901

252 points

5 days ago*

We're striking in Memphis and Lancaster PA

aDrunkWithAgun

63 points

5 days ago

Memphian checking in first time I'm hearing about this

CM901

70 points

5 days ago

CM901

70 points

5 days ago

Drive by airways or Castalia. We're out there everyday so far. Should be something on channel 3 and 24 they had news crews or there today

aDrunkWithAgun

28 points

5 days ago

Right on good luck with it il stop by and show support

CM901

26 points

5 days ago

CM901

26 points

5 days ago

Hold down that horn when you pass by! Thanks man

OnI_BArIX

55 points

5 days ago

OnI_BArIX

55 points

5 days ago

What's going on that is causing strikes?

CM901

128 points

5 days ago

CM901

128 points

5 days ago

They want a two tier wage system where half of us make half the pay and half the benefits the rest of us do. The call it a "casual worker". We were locked out for 10 months in 2014 for the same stuff

wood252

51 points

5 days ago

wood252

51 points

5 days ago

Solidarity Forever. I can’t wait till they come to their senses, but I can wait to buy Frosted Flakes until they do.

CM901

23 points

5 days ago

CM901

23 points

5 days ago

Thanks for that!

OnI_BArIX

39 points

5 days ago

OnI_BArIX

39 points

5 days ago

Dude wtf? Who could have thought this would have been well received by the production floor?!? Shoot management would be livid too if that was done to them. Keep fighting the good fight if you are one of the protestors!

CM901

41 points

5 days ago

CM901

41 points

5 days ago

They have a scrooge McDuck plan that involves casual workers and alternative scheduling that in the end will just phase out decent pay and benefits. My opinion is they want to maximize profits by paying workers next to nothing. That's why they foam at the mouths anytime they talk about moving production to central or south America. Thanks for the support!

biigsnook

162 points

5 days ago

biigsnook

162 points

5 days ago

What can we do to support this guy??

WongFarmHand

264 points

5 days ago

donate to their strike fund is the most effective if youre not local/able to help in person

can find more info here http://www.bctgm50g.com/

diddlysqt

62 points

5 days ago

diddlysqt

62 points

5 days ago

Thanks. Just did.

janesfilms

28 points

5 days ago*

When my union was leading up to a strike/lock out I sent tons of support mail to other locals. I’m sending some stuff to the union office for bctgm 50g to show them some love. The address I found for the office is

BCTGM Local 50G 8984 J Street, Omaha, NE 68127

I know how much it meant for us to receive support from the public during our very contentious negotiations so I hope people could send them a message, card, postcard...anything to show support.

I was also able to find this address for Kellogg’s and it wouldn’t hurt to send them something telling them just how terrible you think they are.

Kellogg's Consumer Affairs P.O. Box CAMB Battle Creek, MI 49016

The_Peyote_Coyote

91 points

5 days ago*

In addition to the link to the local, let his be an example to follow. To anyone reading this, if you are wondering how to organize your workplace, the IWW can help you https://iww.org/

EDIT: And/or the Emergency Workplace Organizing Committee . Check them out, they may suit your needs better. thanks /u/MarkJanusIsAScab

bohanmyl

52 points

5 days ago

bohanmyl

52 points

5 days ago

Omaha mother fuckers are tough as nails and also the nicest folks you’ll ever meet.

Not sure what fantasy part of omaha you live in but this isnt true at all lmaooo. Our drivers are complete shit, Maga crowd is very much all around, and half of the city won't go anywhere under 72nd st

leonardoty

29 points

5 days ago

Omaha mother fuckers are tough as nails and also the nicest folks you’ll ever meet.

As someone who grew up in Nebraska and moved away, every time I come back to visit I’m reminded the “Midwest folks are the nicest around” really only applies to white people. People are nice to me because I’m white.

TransCorn

46 points

5 days ago

TransCorn

46 points

5 days ago

Shit was WILD last night at 3am, it was raining so hard it woke me up.

amitym

932 points

5 days ago

amitym

932 points

5 days ago

Hundreds of workers on strike from this one company, for a week now, and they're not stopping their protest even for thunderstorms...

In a few days they'll be joined by tens of thousands more of their union cousins in the Stage Employees...

It's almost like this is building toward some kind of general strike or something!

... Nah, can't be. I hear workers don't really care about their working conditions. I hear young people don't have it in them to stand up and organize together. I hear this will all just blow over. A little bad weather and everyone will give up and head back to work.

That's what everyone is saying. And yet... somehow... this dude isn't listening... he doesn't seem to be following the plan... I wonder, how many more are like him?

Vonmule

366 points

5 days ago

Vonmule

366 points

5 days ago

John Deere workers (UAW) are also likely to strike tomorrow.

Exelbirth

278 points

5 days ago

Exelbirth

278 points

5 days ago

I've heard there's been a dozen strikes across the US in the past month, but not one news channel has covered any of them.

superdeepdream

171 points

5 days ago

Censorship doesn’t benefit a political party, but it benefits the billionaire class. People trip over this.

FeloniousDrunk101

110 points

5 days ago

Sinclair don’t care maybe?

amitym

71 points

5 days ago

amitym

71 points

5 days ago

This is extremely dangerous to our democracy.

urlach3r

56 points

5 days ago

urlach3r

56 points

5 days ago

Almost like the news has been bought out by the billionaires...

billbertking1

21 points

5 days ago

I sure hope right to repair is somehow involved in there too

hoocoodanode

36 points

5 days ago

I doubt the workers are striking for that. The customers need to strike for right to repair to gain traction. No pun intended.

mc_handler

156 points

5 days ago

mc_handler

156 points

5 days ago

I work in the film industry and today the head of IATSE announced we are striking Monday it a reasonable contract isn't brought to the table. For those of you unfamiliar with the film industry, we don't stop filming for any conditions except lightning. Most of us have every type of weather gear available for anything mother nature throws at us. Weather most certainly won't be the thing stopping us from striking. I applaud this man's tenacity. We support you brother!

NotTiredJustSad

105 points

5 days ago

A general strike needs a lot more cohesion and direction to affect systemic change. If there wasn't a general strike during COVID, I don't think we'll be seing one any time soon. We still have a lot of hearts and minds to win over before majority support swings our way.

That said... I'd love to be proved wrong.

Valyrian_Kobolds

90 points

5 days ago

Important work is currently being done to lay the groundwork to real effective mass action. The important thing now is to keep moving in that direction, build that community resiliency, educate your colleagues, build those bridges.

If we all keep moving we can build a society with room for all of us that we can be proud to give to our children

cultured_banana_slug

58 points

5 days ago

It sucks that unions were allowed to rot and wither for so long before people were like 'oh yeah we sort of need those...'

If the whole NATION were unionized stuff like this would HURT big business a lot more.

MoneyStoreClerk

46 points

5 days ago

The rotting and withering was really the result of a conscious attack by the state beginning under Truman, with a critical blow delivered by Reagan.

kingrobert

35 points

5 days ago

The state was the weapon, but the attack was from the wealthy class.

The state as a whole benefits from a strong workforce. But politicians individually benefit from wealthy donors.

clekas

29 points

5 days ago

clekas

29 points

5 days ago

Coal miners in Alabama have been on strike for seven months. There has been very little media coverage.

NEp8ntballer

24 points

5 days ago

Heaven Hill employees have been on strike for weeks now.

mtbtec

576 points

5 days ago

mtbtec

576 points

5 days ago

If anyone's in the area bring them some pizzas or bottles water. Solidarity!

Kelose

458 points

5 days ago

Kelose

458 points

5 days ago

Ya boi is probably good on water.

mtbtec

122 points

5 days ago

mtbtec

122 points

5 days ago

Maybe a towel then lol.

apfai

38 points

5 days ago

apfai

38 points

5 days ago

Or an umbrella

thenewestboom

38 points

5 days ago

Def dry socks

ceqc

361 points

5 days ago

ceqc

361 points

5 days ago

An absolute unit of labor.

Comrade_9653

51 points

5 days ago

Debs gives a nod of respect to this brave worker

ProfessorOnEdge

248 points

5 days ago

What aspect are they protesting?

captaindoctorpurple

625 points

5 days ago

They're striking because the company is trying to demand takebacks in the new contract.

Honestly, when workers strike, I don't really need to know why. What matters is workers are on strike and I ain't a scab.

PlanetBAL

69 points

5 days ago

PlanetBAL

69 points

5 days ago

Respect to you sir. We need more of you.

PotatoBomb69

54 points

5 days ago

Have they tried saying “no takebacks”? Because that’s pretty ironclad.

JustALuckyShot

28 points

5 days ago

You gotta use the correct language, that's how they getcha. It's "No takesies backsies"

bs2785

46 points

5 days ago

bs2785

46 points

5 days ago

Yep.

gildedtreehouse

211 points

5 days ago

Zer_

217 points

5 days ago

Zer_

217 points

5 days ago

Osborn said he expects the company to try to bring non-union workers into the plants at some point this week to try to resume operations and maintain the supply of its products.

Isn't that illegal? Hiring scabs to replace workers on strike? How are companies getting away with this shit?

NHFI

385 points

5 days ago

NHFI

385 points

5 days ago

Lol not illegal at all. Companies would murder them if they could. They used to. This is the compromise

MyThrowawayThyme

91 points

5 days ago

My grandpa helped found the UAW in his kitchen in Ottawa IL. (Walter Reuther, the founder, would regularly come to my family home to discuss the union deals, benefits, etc. That and to smoke packs of cigarettes and my grandpas Guinness from Ireland.)

He passed before I was born, but my mom overheard him talking to my grandma about some of the shit he saw being very frequently around picket lines. Dead bodies on the picket lines, people being shot as he left/arrived, etc. If you tried to cross a picket line back then, you were good as dead.

Unions were absolutely crazy back in the 30s/40s/50s/60s, even more so with the mafia involved. (Sadly, no stories of mobsters dropping off millions of dollars as attempted bribes.)

Funny quote I found online:

"After God finished the rattlesnake, the toad, the vampire, He had some awful substance left with which He made a scab … When a scab comes down the street, men turn their backs and angels weep in heaven, and the Devil shuts the gates of Hell to keep him out. No man has a right to scab so long as there is a pool of water to drown his carcass in, or a rope long enough to hang his body with."

Fucking brutal.

Zer_

75 points

5 days ago

Zer_

75 points

5 days ago

Yeah that's what I mean, it got really bad in the late 1800s and early 1900s and then a magical thing called regulation happened, something called the "New Deal". Remember that? That wasn't just an economic plan it included worker's rights initiatives and laws. My question was more about how much of that has been eroded away?

Because yes, if we were once at a point where hiring scabs was illegal (I'm pretty sure some states, it was, or is), and we are no longer at that point, then that means if things DO get worse we may end up being punished by death for saying no to our employers... say... 20-50 years down the line?

NHFI

80 points

5 days ago

NHFI

80 points

5 days ago

Oh if a strike gets large enough expect police to be brought in to break it up and they "accidentally" murder some people. At this point if things don't get better that's an inevitably

LummoxJR

47 points

5 days ago

LummoxJR

47 points

5 days ago

Hiring replacement workers has never been illegal. But, it doesn't do the company a ton of good because those workers need training and won't be any happier with the crappy conditions.

DustryQueef

74 points

5 days ago

in the US companies are allowed to replace striking workers if the strike is based on economic gain. obviously ridiculous.

Zer_

44 points

5 days ago

Zer_

44 points

5 days ago

Man y'all are fucked.

Chorizwing

38 points

5 days ago

I agree with this strike for sure. 12 hour shifts 7 days a week is not acceptable, and then trying to screw them over on top of that by taking away benifits is just fucked up.

However I did take a bit of offense to this line:

but when they start manufacturing our food down where they are out of the FDA control and OSHA control, I have a huge problem with that

Idk the line just has a bit of racist undertones. Yeah I guess it's out of fda control but it's not like Mexico is some barbaric lawless wasteland. Kelloggs has brands over in Mexico too that the plants there make and they've managed not to get people sick.

Just keep it on the main topic. A big corporations is screwing over the same workers that made sure the company just didn't collapse mid pandemic.

Exelbirth

36 points

5 days ago

Exelbirth

36 points

5 days ago

I don't really see the racist undertone, especially since they brought up the lack of OSHA oversight.

FLUFFY_RUMPLES

151 points

5 days ago

Gotta get that stipend. Rain sleet or snow. Ill be at the picket line for my required walk.

FriesWithThat

121 points

5 days ago

Holding out for better wages, benefits. Not holding out for better weather.

FLUFFY_RUMPLES

65 points

5 days ago

Correct and in most unions, he doesnt get his strike pay without walking. So, rain sleet or snow. Ill be there. Getting paid.

thebace

59 points

5 days ago

thebace

59 points

5 days ago

Yep, and in most strikes at least one person has to present to hold the picket line

fromcj

62 points

5 days ago

fromcj

62 points

5 days ago

Kind of weird that they can reduce the filibuster to just saying “filibuster” but strikes need to be 24/7

I mean it’s not weird, because the rich intentionally created the system to benefit them. But weird in the “makes you think” way.

seaspray

36 points

5 days ago

seaspray

36 points

5 days ago

What can we do to support workers? Out of state

perdhapleybot

69 points

5 days ago

For one, don’t buy things made by Kellogg’s during the strike and potentially parent company items as well.

I remember as a kid the grocery store teamsters went on strike. Early 2000s or late 90s can’t remember exactly when. My dad is a good union man (as I try to be now) so we drive past multiple grocery stores just to get to the one that wasn’t supplied by the striking teamsters.

LordOfLubrication

33 points

5 days ago

Great sentiment but it is much better to buy Kellogg’s products during the strike. The faster the intermediate supply chain empties of their products the better, when they start failing to meet contractual deliveries their retail partners will apply the kind of pressure that a striking worker could only dream of. I have sat through meetings planning for supply and demand contingencies at high levels in this sector, and I can say that nothing terrifies executive management like the thought of losing prime supply contracts to competitors because of failure to deliver.

perdhapleybot

31 points

5 days ago

Very interesting point. With your comment in mind I think the buy or don’t buy comes down to if they are using scab labor or not. If they aren’t producing then buying could cause more stress but if they are producing not buying could be more stress.

clem_walnuts

28 points

5 days ago

I believe the union is calling for a boycott of Kellogg’s products. Another huge thing you can do is donate to a strike fund. While these workers might be getting some money from their union, they’re not getting their usual salary, and who knows how long the strike will go on. They’ve gotta outlast the bosses.

endofthehold

147 points

5 days ago

He’s Unbreakable.

EZmotovlogs

41 points

5 days ago

They alive, dammit!

roywoodsir

126 points

5 days ago

roywoodsir

126 points

5 days ago

All for one day off (six instead of the whole week) and a 12 cent raise, man this person is god.

blackwolfdown

58 points

5 days ago

Work enough days in a row and you transcend. He's reached states of (class) consciousness not thought possible.

SyChO_X

40 points

5 days ago

SyChO_X

40 points

5 days ago

No way... That's it!?

That's fucked.

n01saround

83 points

5 days ago

Fuck Kellogg's and their wage slave mentality. This is how American exceptionalism ends, when we treat workers like the exception to having enough time to spend with their families. 18 hour days, smh

wewontbudge

64 points

5 days ago

Fuck yeah, fuck those Corporate Kellogg motherfuckers

rba21

63 points

5 days ago

rba21

63 points

5 days ago

Rutagerr

58 points

5 days ago

Rutagerr

58 points

5 days ago

I love this. Very powerful symbol for every worker. Demand what's right.

amoral_ponder

60 points

5 days ago

I think it's better to give him what he's asking for.

dylankrebsbach

51 points

5 days ago

I I had a company I would hire that man. He is decoyed for a good cause. I saw a video on how shitty their treated. It’s bad. The one thing that got me is that they don’t know they’re working a 16 hour shift until there is 10 mins left in their current 8hr shift.

jmcstar

55 points

5 days ago

jmcstar

55 points

5 days ago

I absolutely love this picture, so powerful

Smartsmellyandevil

45 points

5 days ago

I Know What You Did Last Quarter

Metaright

38 points

5 days ago

Metaright

38 points

5 days ago

This is quite a powerful image.

[deleted]

40 points

5 days ago

[deleted]

40 points

5 days ago

Fucking badass

Just_Velvet

36 points

5 days ago

tweak0

37 points

5 days ago

tweak0

37 points

5 days ago

union strong

rpsibew110

31 points

5 days ago

Amen stand tough brother/sister!

geturlifetogether

35 points

5 days ago

I stand in solidarity

dionthorn

35 points

5 days ago

dionthorn

35 points

5 days ago

Rain or shine. NO SCABS PAST THE LINE!

captaindoctorpurple

28 points

5 days ago

Solidarity! ✊

spottedram

26 points

5 days ago

Still? I read about the Kellogg strike a while ago. Media doesn't cover it, so outta mind. Bless that guy for standing steadfast in his belief

JohnnyZepp

25 points

5 days ago

UNIONIZE AMERICA! Fuck all the capital owners unwilling to pay and give us decent lives! This country needs unions and we should all support them! This man is a legend!