There is one in every bunch. A stool pigeon among us.

Posted: December 16, 2016 in From us to you, jerk of the week, Music Series, resistance, Workers Unite!

“You know as well as I do,” said Mickey to Moe “that there is a stool Pigeon in every bunch of workers. They come in all shapes, sizes, colors, sexes and anything else you can imagine. But they have one thing in common they all have that brown on the end of their nose.” “Yeah,” said Moe, “we got one at work that we never expected to be like that. Always on the left side of liberal, seen it all, can call out whats happening in this country with the best of us but loves that boss so much that you can smell the poop if you get too close.” He’s been stooling around, finking and ratting to the boss about us trying hard to form a union, which we as workers so desperately need. We are talking among ourselves about why we would benefit from a union and all the checks are in the box marked YES.

Hey Stoolie this one is for you and anyone else thinking about loving the boss and sticking with his bull.

We will tell you right up front, at the job we are at now, we lost our vacations, 2, 3, 4 weeks it doesn’t matter, the new company doesn’t even use that word. But wait hasn’t the boss promised that he will make a deal with the new company so we can retain that benefit? Yeah but you know bosses come and bosses go and if there is money coming out of someone’s pocket book pretty soon they are going to squeal, Too Much!, we gotta cut back. We need real protection not singing and dancing to the song Promises, Promises.

Let’s talk about pay rates. You start at anywhere from minimum wage in your state, or maybe get $10.00 per hour, here a person starts at $12.00 and generally gets 25 cents a year. The union is offering $14.00 per hour. We say give us $20.00! Do the math folks and any one who is coming from a privileged position and argues against is a part of the problem and probably is playing kiss kiss with the boss and doesn’t even know it. Another tool of the ruling class.

We have no personal days, and holidays with pay forget it if you don’t work you don’t get paid. But how about this one, the boss wants his friends and former colleagues in positions here and hasn’t a qualm about saying it out loud. Who will be the first to go? Who will stand up for us? Who will stand up as each one of us are picked off one by one?  How about insurance? Well with the union we get free insurance for the worker their spouse and dependents. Take that $68.00 a week fee for insurance that the company has to offer and shove it. You know that is the price for you only, shit how much for the wife, husband and kids. Up Up Up. Yeah shove it, Yeah real deep.

Forget paid holidays. If you don’t work you don’t get paid and only so many can work on a holiday. So some of us end up with only 32 hours that week which you know at these wages its hard to get by. Oh stoolie you know we have been having trouble here with the boss wanting to fire certain workers, making a big deal out of what amounts to “Needs more training,” which by the way should be the bosses job but we all know when he trains no one gets trained as they should be trained. Boss jumps to conclusions before really hearing all sides and places ill found blame on the workers. This has got to stop. We need someone who will stand up for us, day and night, 24/7. Best of all we do need in these dangerous times to strike fear in every bosses heart to let them know that we are organized and will not turn back, and to fuck up any and all stool pigeons when and if we find them. It is the only way. We can no longer put up with bosses not doing their jobs and then blaming the workers when a minor mess up occurs. We know you Stoolie, you never take a stand when the boss is around. as Woody said, you got a “yaller streak running down your back.” You talk and talk a good talk when he is not around, but your a big coward when he is. Such a shame. Such a waste in these times.

“You know,” said Moe to Micky, “I am getting older now and would love to sit down in my chair and not have to get up early in the morning and come out to work. I started working when I was 16 pulling fish nets through hot tar, and had all sorts of shitty jobs all my life. You know what I have nothing to show for it. Not one green cent from any of these companies. No pension no nothing, well I suppose I do have fond memories of other workers who I came to love as sisters and brothers. All I have to live on is a Social Security check that will just about get me by. Now I am not complaining glad I got that and will lend what-ever I have to fight against the bastards who are trying to take it away to keep it. But a pension nothing. Well I know that the union that wants to represent us has a pension plan. I’ll take it even if it will be just enough to pay the light bill, or the telephone bill or help to put food on the table. Tell me about what you guys who don’t organize for a union will get. Squat. I worked for this company for 25 years and when I am gone I bet they won’t even give me a watch and a going away party. How do I know that, well they have never given me as much as a cookie crumb at Christmas time. Cheap fuckers.

So we say to Stoolie, What the fuck is wrong with you? You are under the new companies thumb and this bosses hand as much as the rest of us but still you want to stool around with him? We can start by saying that we hope you are not being paid by the boss to tell him what is going on. Lower than lower. We know he has been making so many promises and I suppose being a lazy dog that you are that you are falling for his talk and giving him an extra lick now and then just to be sure. Finking is not right. Licking the bosses ass isn’t right, just makes you smell as my Grandma use to say.  You know that and you know what happens to snitches and tools of the bosses. No need to say more.

Here is a Woody Guthrie song, Union Maid for all the stool pigeons out there and for the one among us.

NOTES

 

Course, the boss may persuade some poor damn fool
To go to your meetin’ and act like a stool.
But you can always tell a stool, though, that’s a fact,
He’s got a yaller streak a-runnin’ down his back.
He doesn’t have to stool, he’ll always get along
On what he takes out of blind men’s cups…. Talking Union…Woody Guthrie

 

 

 

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Comments
  1. Sam says:

    “The union is offering $14.00 per hour. We say give us $20.00!”

    Don’t hold out for too long for $20 you’ll never get it.The times aren’t right and are going to get tougher.

  2. Hey Sam
    Over the years we have heard over and over, “the times aren’t right.” When are they ever right? When my partner was a union negotiator the owners of companies that he worked for always used that as an excuse. The corporations will never go along with a 25 cent raise, the corporations this and the corporations that. You know what the people in the union stuck to their guns and always got what they had on their mind. Allow the outside to determine what we need can not be our reality. Our reality is $20.00 per hour.* A goal to begin reaching when workers, all workers are respected by not only bosses and companies but by other workers also.

    Do the math. $15.00 per hour sounds good until one figures in what happens to a person’s $600.00 gross pay after deductions. We know not enough to live on. Been there and know it. All of us in the lower end of the working class deserve better and we can not cut ourselves short.

    Of course those of us who are trying to organize across this city and around the country are no fools.We know greed stands in our way. We know people’s perceptions of who and what we are will certainly hinder our advancement. We know that most companies will not pay their contracted janitors, copy room workers, garage attendants, security officers, Cafe workers and all those who make these places go a decent more than livable wage. (why must we settle for a livable wage) Of course all sorts of reasons, “Why” will be given by the man and those who are his tools.

    I know an executive who has 3 homes and I know a security officer who is being forced out of her apartment because she can not pay the rent after her husband died. She makes $14.75 and hour.

    *Will we go along with the wage of $14.00 per hour? Most likely people will after considering where we are coming from right now and what are the present conditions. The controlled reality is really fucked up.

    Be sure to check out this essay: https://furbirdsqueerly.wordpress.com/2012/04/14/philly-security-guards-choose-independent-union-spurning-seiu/.