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Monday, March 14, 2005

Marines v. UAW Over Parking Spaces

According to the Detroit News Auto Insider story, Marines driven out of UAW lot, members of the 1st Battalion 24th Marines, a reserve unit, have often used Solidarity House's (UAW headquarters office) parking lot when working at a base on Jefferson Avenue in Detroit.

But the UAW has pulled the plug for those Marines with foreign made vehicles or Bush stickers. According to a union statement on Friday:

While reservists certainly have the right to drive nonunion made vehicles and display bumper stickers touting the most anti-worker, anti-union president since the 1920s, that doesn't mean they have the right to park in a lot owned by the members of the UAW.
And the Marines response:
"You either support the Marines or you don't," said Lt. Col. Joe Rutledge, commanding officer of the battalion's active duty instructors. "I'm telling my Marines that they're no longer parking there."
Thanks to Unions-Firms-Markets for the link to the story. My guess is that the union would have preferred a different battle since this is probably not the best pr for the UAW. However, putting political correctness aside, (almost always a good thing to do), their position seems pretty defensible to me, even though I disagree with its underlying sentiments.

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