|Pirates vs. Ninjas|
Ninjas are stealthy, and pirates, er, pirate. A healthy division of labor aids growth. Adam Smith, baby.
Today the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, or AFSCME -- government workers who are not police, firefighters, or those organized by the Teamsters etc. -- endorsed post-Ravenstahl front runner Bill Peduto because he "will bring an end to the corruption that has infected city government."
That's enough for a blog post right there.
The United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) endorsed Peduto today as well, as did the Sheet Metal Workers -- excuse me, did somebody say something about "working class"? -- as did IATSE, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, in a show of strength.
In terms of IATSE, we have an active issue:
Also today, officials of Local 3 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees pressed the board for the opportunity to work at publicly subsidized Stage AE, saying the venue has been hiring out-of-town, non-union labor since opening several years ago. They want to be considered for the next contract in 2015, particularly since the state provided a $2.5 million state grant to finance the construction. City Councilman Corey O'Connor, a stadium authority board member, backed their fight. "We should keep these jobs here," he said. (P-G, Mark Belko)