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Topic: O.T.+Conference fees and Rich's Roasters (74 lines)
1) From: John R. Ross
The story I told was not all the facts since it is still unfolding but it is
worse than that! The guy's wrist was broken as the security guys were
putting on handcuffs or when they were dragging him off to hand him over to
the cops who took him to jail. Whether he will in fact remain fired is yet
to be seen.
The lawyer who was taking statements of witnesses to the incident returned
late last night and I have not had a chance to get more info. but this is
not an unusual story. The cops always arrest the one assaulted--it is just
part of the drill.
I have one (coupla years ago in Riverside county) where some security guys
did major damage (dislocated shoulder & a prolonged and repeated pepper
spray in the face after being handcuffed) to two union organisers who were
walking around with flyers they intended to hand out as the shift changed on
the public street outside a Casino on an Indian Reserve --a procedure well
established as legal in civil as well as Labor law.
The guys were arrested, taken to jail and their bail was unreasonably high
and the Riverside courts bought the claim of "sovereign immunity" in a civil
case the union brought seeking damages and the Court of Appeals said no and
returned it to the lower courts to have another trial. Three years still
awaiting resolution.
The Casino had it all on video tape and one of the lawyers saw the tape but
then the tapes "went missing".
Local constabulary were totally uninterested in protecting these organizers
and were in fact hostile to all the union people.
My point was that industries get the unions they create. Read any union
history. F'rinsatnce say the United Auto Workers' Walter Ruether (sp?) had
no testicals because goons beat him with truncheons and blackjacks after
they threw his cohort off the transome (you've seen them a little causeway
between two tall buldings with a road or yard below) that guy died
instantly-- very high transome. I got this story from an high executive of
Ford Motor company(retired) -- a guy who was president of Ford Brazil in the
60's. He was fired by Henry Ford III in a flood of obscenities becasue he
refused to give up his Canadian citizenship and become a Yank like Henry
wanted (the last to indicate how the Ford family has been intimatley
involved in the company.
Cooperation is a two way street and in some industries--the adversarial
passions are so institutionalized that workers learn that if they give an
inch they lose a mile or that they find themsleves on the street for the
most obscure infractions of the collecive agreemant and even absurd
interpretations of the collective aggreement.
Another O.T.
Just had an eathquake! TV says 5.2, people upstairs freaked--one ran in a
circle in her livingroom screaming at the top of her lungs--over in 10
seconds They are from Boston.
But...Ive been on a jag lately roasting and blending African coffees:
Ugandan (Budadiri and the last of my prized Bugisu) and Ethiopian (Harrar
and Ghimbi) and Barundi (Buyendi and I am thinking of geting some
Yirgacheffe--Ive even been adding some Ivory Coast Robusta I got somewhere
(it's marked '99 but I'm pretty sure I got it in 2000).
Different roasts, different combinations, seeking to make my Gaggia make me
an 'specially good espresso -- still the Ugandan Bugisu and Harrar is the
best-Bugisu into rolling 2nd (475 degrees f. on my little Comark thermo) and
the Harrar just barely out of 1st (430 defrees f.. The Budadiri is almost as
good in that combination but I miss what (I interprete) Tom calls that
leathery tast.
John Ross
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