Straight No Chaser: Time To Man Up

By Desi Cortez
Updated: December 10, 2008

DENVER — I don’t want to beat around the Bush, matter-of-factly; I want to get up-to-speed in a Reggie Bush manner…..

The NFL’s Chicago Bears are a union organization and it’s team members — being apart of the NFLPA a so-called union — should lend a big-ass paw to the about 260 union workers currently, at the penning of this column – occupying the Republic Windows and Doors plant in Chi-Town.

Supply food, water, whatever support they can as fellow union members. March in the picket line outside the factory building, hoist up signs which the workers are carrying which read You got bailed out, we got sold out……..

Lovie Smith, Devin Hester, gentleman , can’t you at least make a token effort, take some jerseys down to the men, a few footballs to toss around, pass the time. Gatorade for everybody, meals from the training table even, something that say’s we identify with you, we are with you!

The Worker-ants got three days’ notice that their factory was shutting its doors. They’re response? To boldly occupy the building and proclaim they won’t leave without assurances they’ll get severance and vacation pay.

Leah Fried, an organizer with the United Electrical Workers, said the Chicago-based vinyl window manufacturer failed to give 60 days’ notice required by law before shutting down..

Power to the people….

So this is Sesame Street simple; the fans/consumers who fill the stadium, purchase the Bear underwear, lamps, chairs and other gear, buy the sponsors products and services…the little people are the engine which fuel the need, the demand for the NFL to exist…and those little people, are the people held up in that factory.

If the NFLPA is going to have the audacity to bill itself as an actual union, not merely a collection of mildly educated multi-millionaires, i.e. a country club, than gentlemen… you need to get your hands dirty, get down in the mud with the rest of us pigs. What’s needed here, solidarity, workers, even pro athletes…. on the same page.

Give the people what they want…

This plant closing sums up what’s happening across America, to the everyday Fred and Barney. Mr. Slate is forced to close down the rock quarry, yet the government is taking cash out of Joe Rockheads paycheck to ensure guys like Slate and the Rockefellers’ get to keep all their stone cold mini mansions.

You cat’s, or rather Bears… are always talking ’bout battlegrounds, going to war; well fellahs, here’s an opportunity…… live fire. Here’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to stand with other workers, 8 to 5er’s, fighting for fairness in the work-place.

You know, the kind of jobs your family members and relatives get up and go off to everyday. He’s a chance to lend your fame and glittering names to a cause much more important and significant than the make-believe war games you grown ass men play on Sundays.

Didn’t you scholar/gladiators cover U.S. Labor relations at Wonder Why Valley State College? If it were not for unions, worker solidarity….. then sick leave, health beneys, Vacation, a 401 to watch get KO’d…., the 40 hour work week, wouldn’t be in existence, we’d all be working for peanuts….

If you give it any thought, the visiting NFL team, out of worker loyalty, ought to have a Taxi Squad out there on the picket line… This fight could use some Bears, they’d be more than a symbolic gesture – union members, who happen to be outrageously overpaid athletes – using their popularity, notoriety, visibility – pick one… to help the 95% of Americans who get up and go to work everyday, as opposed to being willing exploited by the NFL Stables.

The AP Wire quotes Ms. Frieds, “We’re doing something we haven’t done since the 1930s, so we’re trying to make it work,” she said, referring to a tactic most famously used in 1936-37 by General Motors factory workers in Flint, Michigan, to help unionize the U.S. auto industry.

Fried said the company can’t pay its 300 employees because its creditor, Charlotte, North Carolina-based Bank of America, (who just received $25 billion from the government’s financial bailout package) refuses to permit it..

Crain’s Chicago Business reported that Republic Windows’ monthly sales had fallen to $2.9 million from $4 million during the past month. In a memo to the union, obtained by the business journal, Republic CEO Rich Gillman said the company had “no choice but to shut our doors.”

Bank of America has publicly claimed it isn’t responsible for Republic’s financial obligations to its employees.

Unflipping believable ……

The Bank of America is morally obligated to compensate these workers for the service they’ve rendered…. no more, no less. Bank America loaned the monies to Republic – well aware the company had obligations to its employees.

But the Landlords, the Robber Barons, the haves could giving a flying duck about the landless, the have-nots. This type of exit strategy, this punk ass move was in the updated business plan, a way to increase income, by withholding workers income.

America, where God is money, and money is God.

The Chicago Bears, and specifically the Afro-American players, who are clearly more connected to the struggles of the blue collar and no-collar workers, ought to understand the importance of joining the ranks of the working class in their protesting of the third class treatment their receiving.

President-elect Obama has weighed in on this combustible situation, declaring “When it comes to the situation here in Chicago with the workers who are asking for their benefits and payments they have earned, I think they are absolutely right. What’s happening to them is reflective of what’s happening across this economy.”

Isn’t that the green light for everybody sitting on the fence?

If Obama thinks its’ a just cause, if the president of these united states believes these 260 men are correct to hold the line, then why can’t a few of the Chicago Bears back-up these brave individuals, make a goal line stand …..