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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Picketing: Day 1 for Dan

I just got home after my first shift picketing outside CBC Windsor. I arrived at the lunch hour, and though spirits seemed lifted by the barbecue lunch, it was clear that many of my colleagues were dead tired. To collect strike pay, CMG members must picket 20 hours per week, and for some, this was their third day in a row spent outside in the hot Windsor sun. I chose to pile my 20 hours at the end of the week, so I picketed 4 hours today, and will picket for 8 hours each tomorrow and Friday. Windsor is an interesting city for job action. It is Canada's automotive capitol, and the CAW is omnipresent in daily life for many. It's a union city, and the support I saw today certainly confirmed that. Along Riverside Drive, we got many honks and waves from drivers-by, which was nice. Also, some kind folks dropped by to chat, and brought with them water and fresh fruit. The act of picketing itself is mind-numbing. You walk from one edge of of the property to another, then back again, then repeat. No matter who you talk to, the topic of discussion always seems to be the lockout. Looking on the bright side of things, though, today I learned how to play petanque.

2 Comments:

  • At 8/22/2005 08:58:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey Dan...good site. I am a retired CBC'r and as a tech have gone through a number of strikes. You will get days of feeling despondent but then you get support from some unknown source and your spirits are up again....but the Corp wil playhardball games as this prolongs....like injunctions on how many can picket....moresgressive goons to intimidate....but nevergive up...not only are you fighting for yourself but for the people that are come behind you....good luck.
    Dermot Kenny...CBC Halifax

     
  • At 8/22/2005 09:00:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey Dan...good site. I am a retired CBC'r and as a tech have gone through a number of strikes. You will get days of feeling despondent but then you get support from some unknown source and your spirits are up again....but the Corp wil playhardball games as this prolongs....like injunctions on how many can picket....more agressive goons to intimidate....but never give up...not only are you fighting for yourself but for the people that are coming behind you....good luck.
    Dermot Kenny...CBC Halifax

     

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