Blogging In the Workplace -- And the Picketline
by Michael Fox
It was just a matter of time before there was an intersection between blogging and a strike. Thanks to Professor Paul Secunda at the Workplace Prof Blog for his link to Walking The Line, a blog being kept by John Gozzi, a Sikorsky worker, who has been on strike since February 20th. According to a story in the Connecticut Post, which is hosting the blog, the strike came after:
Members of Teamsters Local 1150 voted 2,145-1,019 to reject a new three-year contract that would have given them annual 3.5 percent wage increases and a $2,000 ratification bonus, but would have forced them to pay more for health insurance coverage.
The blog comes replete with picket line pictures. Although just receiving his first strike check of $232, considerably less than he made while working, Mr. Gozzi has not lost his sense of humor:
Today, an attractive lady worked the crowd, a silver dollied tray with brownies in one hand, and flyers in the other. Not from Annie's Edibles but for a "debt-consolidation" company. Entrepreneurship at its best — or worst.
Check it out for an unusual window into a world that most have very little experience with, including the interaction with those who have made the Wall of Shame, the 26 (to date) fellow workers who have crossed the picket line. For more dialogue among the workers be sure and check out the comments.