Email of the Week
In your Sunday column, you make the statement that "it seems" that the union leadership has not pursued the option of purchasing and running the refineries ourselves. If you question whether or not that is an option that was pursued, I'm really not all that hard to get in touch with. In fact, I was sitting right next to you while you were observing our offending signs that prompted your column. Partisanship can be understood, especially for a columnist who writes often about politics. Laziness, on the other hand, is far less excusable. Have a nice day.
USW Local 10-1
Nemo Me Impune Lacessit
UPDATE: Here's another email on the same subject:
To: Gil Spencer
Subject: You know where your bread is buttered
That is about all I can say about your column on the refinery workers.
Except to say you should have had a comma after the word, weeks.
So a small-time capitalist who actually does run a risk loses her dough.
The huge capitalists who run a refinery, how much risk did they run?
I thought as a newspaperman, you would be on the side of the ordinary worker.
Brian, sounds like you have something against capitalism, small or large. But your so-called "huge capitalists" who run the refinery, are actually not capitalists, in so far as they started a business with their own money. They are nothing more than managers, hired by the owners of the company, the shareholders. You need to learn a little more about how capitalism works.
As for newspapermen being on the side of the "ordinary worker," I like to think I am on the side of anyone who does a job and does it well. But I don't believe any company owes anyone a job for life. Not even me.