Friday, August 19, 2011

The Groundswell, August 2011

 State of the Unions
By Matt Robbins, National Executive Director
I still remember the smell of that locker room.
Every summer during college, I worked at a plant on an industrial island in the Mississippi River. Corn syrup (the fructose in our soft drinks) was the main product, although we also loaded some impressively big barges with some sort of cattle feed.
Hours were long, days were hot (try working under a giant dryer turbine, in July), and we all wore long-sleeves and jeans, plus steel-toed boots and hard hats. And were thrilled to do it.
The college program was a great deal and we knew it. A kid couldn't make that kind of hourly wage, not anywhere. That's why we jumped at every chance to work more: 12-hour days, seven days a week. They literally had to make us go home. We were disgusting, ripe messes by the time we got there, but we were happy.
And that was before that first paycheck came. I tore it open in the men's locker room and couldn't believe my eyes. It was more money than I'd ever earned in my life. I was grinning like the guy on that Enzyte commercial.
Unfortunately for me, a union employee saw the whole thing. He asked me what I was smiling about, and as only an idiot 19-year-old can, I told him. Bad move. 
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