Last week I saw a story about Muslims demanding prayer breaks during work

Outraged Muslims are reportedly planning a May 1 demonstration at the Amazon headquarters in Seattle, Washington.

The company is under fire after several Muslim security guards demanded time and space to pray five times a day, while on the job.

The guards contend in a lawsuit filed this week that the subcontractor who employs them does not appropriately accommodate their faith and retaliates against those who speak out..

Now I have no problem with people worshiping God as they see fit (as long as killing me and oppressing others is not a part of that worship) but it seems to me we are forgetting something that Amazon had better take into consideration before they make any deal.

It had better include us Catholics.

We pray too and if followers of Islam are given specific prayer breaks there are specific times that Catholics will need as well.

The Angelus

This is prayed three times a day 6 AM, 6 PM and Noon. It is a very short set of prayers that devout Catholics pray daily. It’s also why you hear Church bells at 6 AM, 6 PM and Noon. If Our Muslim brothers are given prayer times then Naturally we Catholics will need to pause work to pray the angelus as well.

The Divine Mercy Chaplet.

Yesterday was the feast of Divine Mercy but at 3 PM every day we are called upon to recall Christ’s Boundless mercy at the hour of his Crucifixion.

The Chaplet takes about 10-15 minutes max (I generally can pray it in 5 or less). The details of the prayer, propagated by St. Faustina and St. Pope John Paul II are here.

The Divine office:

This is a series of prayers that Priests are expected to make daily but many lay people pray it as well. There are a series of prayers and reading such people pray daily. Details here..

So Amazon while I have no problem if you choose to allow devout Muslims to worship God as they see fit on the job if these Devout Muslims are accommodated surely these devout Catholics certainly need to be accommodated as well.

Because if they’re not then obviously that would be discrimination on the basis of religion and I’m sure you at Amazon, particularly those of you in the Amazon legal department, would hate for that to be the case.

Exit Question. I don’t claim expertise on all the various protestant denominations out there but if you dear reader belong to a denomination that has a regular daily prayer routine surely you need to be accommodated as well, don’t you?


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Illinois signBy John Ruberry

About 20 percent of Illinois’ operating budget goes to state worker pensions. With so much cash going to retired Prairie State employees, you would think that the state where I live would be on diligent in funding the system. But Illinois’ pensions are the worst funded among the 50 states.  Some years Illinois skipped or shorted pension payments–and public-sector unions (gasp!) supported that move.

But now because of a lawsuit brought forth by a former lobbyist for the Illinois Federation of Teachers union–long-suffering Land of Lincoln taxpayers have a poster child for pension abuse. A little-noticed 2007 bill sponsored by a Democrat allowed that lobbyist, David Piccioli, to qualify for pension from an education pension plan, the Teachers Retirement System. He is currently collecting a $31,000 annual TRS pension even though–except for one day–he never taught in a classroom

Let’s look at the one day–Piccioli was a substitute in a Springfield classroom and he earned $93 for his efforts–which probably consisted of popping DVDs into a player. But because of that 2007 law–Piccioli became eligible for additional $36,000 in additional TRS benefits. Another IFT employee, Steve Preckwinkle, also subbed at a school for a day and applied for a additional pension benefits as Piccioli did.

Suddenly self-righteous state lawmakers quickly removed the one-day loophole but last month Piccioli sued to get his classroom pension back.

There are many villains who created the Illinois public pension debacle and yes, politicians deserve most of the blame. For instance, allowing workers to retire at 50 and then collect most of their old salary when they will probably live another 30 years was a cataclysmic move.

But the unions–and people like David Piccioli–played their part in this disaster.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Today if you go to CNN, MSNBC & even Fox you will find stories about the McStrike where fast food workers are DEMANDING that McDonalds pay them $15 an hour for making burgers.

While said “strike” is getting plenty of play in media it’s a different story if you actually go to a McDonalds that is not in the range of their cameras, like say Fitchburg

 

McSelfie2

If you go to places like this you will find that the workers, the management and the customers would have absolutely no idea any of this was going on if it wasn’t for CNN playing on the TV (because God forbid we get a bite to eat without cable playing).

So in honor of this media created BS I’m putting up this post complete with my own McSelfie risking the wrath of the SEIU and 4chan hackers everywhere.

I invite you to do the same.

Exit question, what are the odds the MSM will give next years March For Life which draws tens of thousands in the dead of winter the same coverage they give this?  I’d say about equal to the odds any sane McDonalds owner will start paying $15 an hour to flip burgers.

Update: Oddly enough the same people lionizing this strike didn’t jump at my three step process to prove you can make profits available to business paying $15 an hour:

1. Acquire a fast food franchise, here is info on McDonaldsBurger Kingand Wendy’s a tad more expensive than McD or BK:

2. Hire Workers at $15 dollars an hour, in this economy this should be a piece of cake.

3. Watch the money pour in.

I wonder why?

Update 2: My McSelfie Video

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Consider the lineup you get In addition to my own work seven days a week you get John Ruberry (Marathon Pundit)  on Sunday Pat Austin (And so it goes in Shreveport)  on Monday  Tim Imholt on Tuesday,  AP Dillon (Lady Liberty1885) Thursdays, Pastor George Kelly Fridays,   Steve Eggleston on Saturdays with  Baldilocks (Tue & Sat)  and   Fausta  (Wed & Fri) of (Fausta Blog) twice a week.

If that’s not worth $20 a month I’d like to know what is?

Alas Ms. Upton didn’t include Selfies

Today is the deadline for Market Basket Employees to return to work or be fired by current management.

Given the situation, (Romano’s 1 room market did more business than Market Basket in Fitchburg this week) something has to give, you have vendors no longer making deliveries, bills not being paid and the chain’s value plummeting daily.

As the 50.5% owners of the company they of course have the right as Jonah Goldberg might put it to piss on the corn flakes of the 49.5% (Assuming you could find any corn flakes on Market Basket’s Shelves these days) but this move is short-sighted for several reasons.

1.  Free Time:

Right now the majority of people protesting in front of Market Basket aren’t fired workers but current employees.  They are working their normal shifts and then when the shifts end going outside to protest.

But what happens when they are replaced and forced on unemployment?

Suddenly from 25,000 workers who have to protest in their spare time around shifts you will suddenly have 25,000 workers who are now on unemployment who can protest and call for boycotts full-time.

That will really work out well won’t it?

2.  New habits

As anyone who has ever gone on a diet knows the secret to a successful diet is acquiring new habits and right now Market Basket customers are getting in the habit of shopping elsewhere:

The chain’s competitors, like Hannaford, benefit in the short term because customers have nowhere else get their groceries, said David Livingston, a supermarket analyst based in Wisconsin. They also have an opportunity to impress those customers for the long term by offering prices and service that will keep them coming back even after the management crisis at Market Basket is resolved, he said.

That’s why internal strife poses such a threat to Market Basket’s future, he said.

“Once people get used to shopping someplace else, it’s sometimes hard to get them to come back,” he said.

and believe me Hannafords will do all it can to reinforce those new habits.

3. The Learning curve:

Hiring all of these new people is only the first step, the next is to get them all up to speed. Since these people are pretty much management level this has disaster written all over it.

A new manager is bound to make mistakes and these will be magnified under the scrutiny of the press.  Furthermore it’s unlikely that workers below that manager who resents their presence will help catch those mistakes.

 If a bagger makes a mistake the fall out consists of a single customer, if a manager or supplier makes a mistake it affects the entire store, if a supplier makes a mistake it affect and entire district.

The only saving grace of course is there are so few customers left those mistakes might not be noticed.

All of those factors are important but there is a single factor that trumps them all.

One might come up with the money to pay the back bills and suppliers to restock the stores one might hold a jobs fair and bring in new managers and drivers but this is the 64,000 question…

What kind of fair will they have to hire new customers?

Those 25,000 workers have families and friends. If Arthur S. Demoulas and his cronies are unwilling to sell the store to his cousin or even unwilling to allow him to come back to work and defuse the situation because of anger and revenge why would they expect anything less from those 25K workers their families and their friends?

They will want revenge as much as Arthur S. and unlike the revenge motive driving the board that is costing them millions every day the customer anger won’t cost as much to the individual already used to tightening a belt.    If Arthur S. Demoulas and company are willing to lose millions just to spite his cousin how much more willing will tens of thousands of angry people be willing to hold a grudge for the cost of a Large 2 topping pizza, particularly when there is Facebook, twitter and all kinds of social media not only to reinforce said anger but to ostracize those who cross the lines?

That’s the real dilemma, this has now become a national and international story (even the BBC is covering it) Protesting Market Basket has now become cool socially acceptable thing to do.  Even types who aren’t angry will stay away because it’s the in thing to do.

In a city like Fitchburg where the only two supermarkets within the city limits are Market Basket locations you might see the business recover to a point, but when the alternatives are less that a 7 min drive to the Lunenburg or Leominster line a lot of people who are angry and holding a grudge will not have a problem with those few extra minutes?

I’ll give the last word to a fellow by the name of Christopher Shannon whose letter to the Lowell Times ends thus:

As a customer, and I am sure I can speak for many other customers as well, I say have your job fairs. Stock your shelves. We will not purchase anything because you can’t fire customers, we quit.

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2013 we made our monthly goal every month but June, in 2014 we’ve made our monthly goal only in January & June.

We need About $7200 to break even for the rest of the year. $10K to eliminate debts.

The July share is $1445

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Consider the lineup you get In addition to my own work seven days a week you get John Ruberry (Marathon Pundit)  on Sunday Pat Austin (And so it goes in Shreveport)  on Monday  Tim Imholt on Tuesday,  AP Dillon (Lady Liberty1885) Thursdays, Pastor George Kelly Fridays,   Steve Eggleston on Saturdays with  Baldilocks (Tue & Sat)  and   Fausta  (Wed & Fri) of (Fausta Blog) twice a week.

If that’s not worth $20 a month I’d like to know what is?

Friday I attended the Protest at the Market Basket in Tewksbury that you might have heard of on the NBC nightly news yesterday.

I got to the event at 10 but even during the post rush hour time of the event the The Traffic on 495 was impossible and when I arrived at the event I had to park a 1/2 mile away (off of the map shown on the Save Market Basket Facebook page.

I pretty much started interviewing people as I moved forward.

There were people leaving early because of commitments and new people coming and I kept interviewing them.

I eventually got to the crowd and boy it was BIG

I extended the monopod and to a pan of the crowd:

I saw a Tea Party fellow with a flag and interviewed him.

Followed by a warehouse worker, they have taken the biggest hit from this work action.

There were many speakers:

They stood next to a stuffed Giraffe symbolizing “sticking your neck out” and the podium is the back of a large pickup truck

Which has been their makeshift platform.

The Petition that last speaker mentioned were in a tent next to the truck

There was a wide variety of speakers, here is a sample

I worked my way to the back of the crowd. There is a series of tent at the back where people were set up with water for people. While in that tent I spoke to a fellow from Jeff Kuhner show.

At the end of this interview there was suddenly a surge of people to a truck near K-Mart

It was Pizza from Dominos that had been purchased anonymously

When I got back to the tent it was pointed out that other local business had also supported the protesters

But back to the protest proper, the workers sticking out their necks vary between short term workers like Chris

To long term workers like Ken

Though this is a labor issue the workers have rejected unionizing although some Unions have shown support

(It’s not often you get unions and tea party guys on the same side.)

What has been very conspicuous has been the lack of support from the biggest democrats in the state, the congressional delegation including the senators like Elizabeth Warren have been silent as has Gov Patrick but I found one Democrat primary candidate at the rally.

Mr Devine’s presence highlights the people who have stayed away. There was however a lot of pride in those who backed them including state senators & reps (like my own Steve DiNatale D-Fitchburg) who have been public in this support but as I walked behind the podium again I got the feeling these people & their families would remember who was with them and who was against them.

Near noon they started packing up

And cleaning up

I gave a brief summary of what I saw

and as I was leaving I interviewed one last person who worked at the store where the protest took place.

At this point my wife and I went across the street to the Ray Kroc Memorial Journalistic Filing center McDonalds were I plugged in and put up a quick post. At the location we talked to several of the protesters and customers who with a single exception expressed sympathy with the work action. A few McDonalds workers also mentioned seeing Arthur T on occasion and vouched for the good nature of Mr. Arthur T.

One Hanniford employee who came back seemed to suggest that some of the Market Basket customers who have flocked to the store during the work action have expressed annoyance with the action but the think I found most amazing was being told by protesters was how many people where totally unaware of what is going on even though it’s been all over the news and the protesters where very visible.

That frankly is, in my opinion, Arthur S’ biggest advantage.

In closing I can’t see Mr. S. accepting any offer from Mr. T. If this was about money & success his cousin would still be doing day to day operations. From Arthur S. perspective his side of the family feels cheated, they eventually won in court only to see on of his side of the family switch, then he finally gets the company and there is a workers revolt causing him to retain his Cousin in charge. Then when he finally seemingly gets rid of him, the entire workforce revolts.

I think he’d burn the company to the ground before selling out, if the workers are going to win it’s going to have to mean one of the other shareholders will have to decide it just isn’t worth it.

Let’s hope for the best

The Market Basket story that I’ve written about over the last year is about to come to a head:

Local media have written heavily on this subject and if you read those pieces they accidentally expose what is a flaw that sometimes manifests in the Capitalist system

The genius of Capitalism is that the profit motive keeps you honest, if you want to make a profit you avoid bad moves that interfere with profit. You might make a mistake but you as a rule won’t take steps that will cut off the source of profit.

But what happens if you don’t give a care if you make a profit?

What happens if you are rich enough that you can do anything you want, go anywhere you want or get anything you want at anytime you want even if you never make another dollar in your life?

Suddenly the profit motive means little or nothing.

And that brings us to the Market Basket Standoff and Arthur S. Demoulas.

Let’s stipulate right up front that as the controlling partner of Market Basket Arthur S. Demoulas can do what he wants with his company but what if the thing he wants more than anything else is its failure?

Say you are a person who is very wealthy and you want revenge on someone who has wronged but, but he,  like you is rich and powerful as you.  If you can t take away his wealth & power  how to do achieve the vengeance you feel you deserve?

You take away something he loves…

…like Market Basket.

So in the quest for revenge you fight like a wolf to take his company, and you win. Now, Market Basket, the company that your enemy loves,  is in your hands, it’s yours to control, the stores, the stock and the people.

But it’s  a hollow victory, you have the company but not the people. even as you exercise controlling authority by word, by actions the company still belongs to your Arthur T. The staff and the customers reamin loyal to him.  A loyalty earned the hard way over the course of years by words and actions.

I suspect that knowledge gnaws at Arthur S. Demoulas.  For all his wealth and influence, he simply can’t purchase the loyalty or the love of his workforce.

Now that situation doesn’t have to be forever.  If he put the same years of effort into winning those workers over that he did in getting the company he might succeed in winning them over and even if he didn’t win their love, he’ might win their grudging respect for his efforts.

That would, ironically be an excellent revenge, the villain of the piece proving himself the hero to the audience at the end of the play.  It would prove a lot of people wrong.

But such a goal requires time, effort and a dedication that is not really compatible with a person driven by anger. It takes a particular temperament to earn the trust and friendship of people who don’t trust you. A temperament that isn’t born of vengeance.

So if you taking his company away was not enough and you still want to hurt your cousin, basking in the support of the workforce that is no longer his legally, what do you do?

You hurt the company he loves and the people who love him.

You can slowly kill the company he spent years building.  You can clash with the people who work for you and make them fear for their jobs, their pensions . In hard times you can make them twist in the wind and can put them in a position to be forced to make a choice between the loyalty to Arthur T who treated them well or face the prospect of finding a new job in the worst economy of their lifetime. You can make the pay through the nose  for the unpardonable crime of loving your enemy.

That’s what I think is driving these decisions, that’s what I think is going to happen.  It shouldn’t happen, it’s the wrong thing to do for the company, the wrong thing to do for himself and his fellow shareholders in the family and if he was operating under the normal profit motive of the capitalist system it wouldn’t happen.

But that argument concerning the wisdom or  profitability will not work, not when the goal is vengeance which will always trump profit and wisdom in an angry man no matter how fleeting the satisfaction it brings.

 

I hope I’m wrong.

Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.

This is known as “bad luck.”

Robert Heinlein

Ok so you are operating a chain of business owned by your family in the most expensive part of the country to live in the worst economy in 80 years so how do you make sure you continue to do all right?

Well you avoid debt so when (as opposed to if) interest rates go up you don’t have to worry about your bottom line being eaten up.

You make it a point to treat your employees well so that when the economy improves the best workers have no incentive to leave and the rest have no incentive to unionize in one of the most union friendly areas in the nation.

You operate with a close margins making sure that you are the most competitive chain in the area.

Market Basket has done this and the result has been profit.

So if you are the board of that business and your CEO managed to pull that rabbit out of his hat, how to do react?

Well apparently if you’re Market Basket you do this:

“Arthur T. Demoulas, who was not re-elected president and will not retain any management responsibilities moving forward, remains a shareholder of the company,” the statement said. “The board believes this new management team will enable Market Basket to maximize its potential and pave the way for continued success in the future.”

The firings brought the long-running family feud to another head between two factions of the Demoulas family — owners of the 72-store Tewksbury-based chain — after a contentious year. Lawsuits, protests, petitions, stalled store openings and back-and-forth allegations between rival board members and management have marked the transition since the board had a shift in control last June in favor of the CEO’s rival cousin, Arthur S. Demoulas.

Far be it for me to tell someone else how to run their business but I’d say moves like that lead to this:

We  Are Market Basket, a group dedicated to support ousted company CEO Arthur T. Demoulas, has announced a protest rally outside the supermarket chain’s colossal Chelsea location.

And Scenes like this:

And stories like this:

McCarthy, manager of Market Basket’s Middleton store, can’t forget what the company’s then-CEO of DeMoulas Super Markets, Inc. asked him next: “Do we need to move her?”

Demoulas’ use of the word “we” spoke to all the reasons McCarthy has stayed with the company for the past 34 years to build his career. Everyone who works for Market Basket is part of one family, McCarthy said.

That’s why the ousting of Arthur T. Demoulas and two other executives by the board of directors on Monday devastated employees, reducing all managers at the Nashua store on Daniel Webster Highway to tears, said Christine Doubleday, the store’s bakery manager.

“I just feel like a family being broken up,” Doubleday, a 20-year employee, whose parents also worked for the company for decades, said as she stood among hundreds of Market Basket workers protesting the firing of the top managers in the parking lot of the Chelsea store on Tuesday. Some of the company’s senior managers have already resigned to show solidarity with the embattled Demoulas and other fired executives. But many workers said they will stay put and help fight to bring back the ousted leaders.

Now family feuds are by a rule nasty and it’s very probable that decisions being  made are based on anger.  It’s also possible that the new management team might surprise everyone and produce even better results than what we’ve already seen.

But personally I can’t see how a policy that produces bad publicity on all the local TV networks, anger among the most experienced employees and uncertainty among the customers is a wise move.  Let me remind top management at Market Basket of some words of warning from 2013

Do the owners of this business really think that this success happened on its own? Do they really think they can borrow money, play with the management, panic their work force and expect the good times to continue to roll on as if there is no other supermarket chain in the area?

What do you they think will happen when the prices go up, when the best and brightest in the stores decide it is no longer worth staying there, when the Unions hungry for fresh meat go to the stores to organize and take advantage of the now spooked workforce? What do they think will happen? Do they really think the fatted calf will still give milk after it’s been slaughtered?

And all of this foolishness to remove a person who has made the nine shareholders millions over a feud.

 

For the sake of the people who work there and shoppers like I hope I’m wrong about the end result of this, and I hope that the management eventually figures it out.

I’m not going to hold my breath waiting for it.  I’m going to give the last word to Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle from their 1976 novel Inferno:

“First we must cross the river,”  Benito was saying.  “Do you believe me now when I tell you that you must not attempt to swim it, or even get wet from it, or must you try that too?”

“What happens if I just dive in?”

“Then you will be as you were in the bottle.  Aware and unable to move.  But it will be very cold and very uncomfortable and you will be there for all eternity knowing you put yourself there.”

Market Basket’s board just dived in.

…they saw the grass of the Hill Country. To these men the grass was proof that their dreams would come true. In country where grass grew like that, cotton would surely grow tall, and cattle fat–and men rich. In country where grass grew like that, they thought, anything would grow.

How could they know about the grass. The grass had grown not over a season but over centuries.

Robert A Caro  The Years of Lyndon Johnson The Path to Power 1982 p 10-11

Last month large scale protests from the employees of Market Basket headed off a board looking to make largescale chances. This month the board held their meeting away from the public eye and made their moves:

The board of Market Basket, split by a bitter family feud among the supermarket chain’s owners, has voted to distribute $250 million to the company’s nine shareholders, according to a person briefed on the board’s action.

9 people splitting 250 mil comes to $27.7 Mil each before taxes but it’s their company and that in itself is not a big deal.

But this is:

The group opposing Arthur T. Demoulas has complained that Market Basket held too much cash and pushed the company to take on debt to pay out more to family members.

and this:

The board voted last week to hire an executive search firm, which indicates the process to secure a new CEO will soon be under way.

this

It also voted to establish a credit facility, which means Market Basket may be looking to take on debt for expansion, something it has never done.

and lastly this

Finally, in further distancing itself from the founders’ principles, it reportedly replaced two of the three trustees who oversee the company’s employee profit-sharing plan, an account of more than $550 million paid out to employees upon their retirement. Too generous a perk perhaps for those not sharing in its benefits.

The papers are talking about the greed involved, about a small group of rich people wanting even more.  Nobody is talking about how foolish this is.

Right now Market Basket’s shareholders are making an excellent profit, but they think they can do better. They have the right to make that conclusion and vote accordingly but I submit and suggest for all the above reasons: Debt, Labor and Experience the retention of Arthur T. Demoulas as the man in charge is not only the right thing for the company, it’s the smart thing to do.

And just as the free market rewards smart moves, it just as quickly punishes foolish ones.

Earth to the MB Board have you not noticed what happened to Detroit? How a successful city decided to borrow and spend to take care of their friends and became a town where you can’t sell a house for a dollar?

Did they not see the national failure of the past five years of borrowing money wholesale and giving it to your friends and supporters? Perhaps they didn’t notice it because of the wise moves by the very leadership they are now rejecting?

The problem here isn’t greed, people are always looking out for their own self interest, the problem here is stupidity in not realizing their moves will produce a result opposite of what they think.

You have a company that is a success, with no debt, a loyal and dedicated workforce that retains talented people for decades, that has managed to be profitable in the worst economy in half a century in a business with a tiny profit margin by offering the lowest prices in the area.

Do the owners of this business really think that this success happened on its own? Do they really think they can borrow money, play with the management, panic their work force and expect the good times to continue to roll on as if there is no other supermarket chain in the area?

What do you they think will happen when the prices go up, when the best and brightest in the stores decide it is no longer worth staying there, when the Unions hungry for fresh meat go to the stores to organize and take advantage of the now spooked workforce? What do they think will happen? Do they really think the fatted calf will still give milk after it’s been slaughtered?

Market basket is nearing its 100th anniversary.  It was founded the year the United States entered World war one.   It took 96 years for the business to reach the level of success it enjoys today. The board members will find it takes a lot less time to throw that success away.

Thursday I took a trip to Andover MA to take a look at the Protests that were taking place in Favor of Arthur T Demoulas that I wrote about here and here.

Despite 80-90 degree weather there were HUNDREDS Of people there to express their support for current CEO Arthur T, with a variety of signs and T-Shirts to express said support. I waded into the crowd to get their thoughts:

I started with two young ladies near where I parked on the side of the road:

I crossed the Street and interviewed Jeremy

Then Kelly

I walked down the road a bit looking for more interviews, on the way I talked to a police officer who told me there was absolutely no trouble from the protesters, given the heat that says a lot.

I spoke to Tara

and found out that I was parking where the police didn’t want me to, so I moved the car farther up the road parking in front of a couple of NESN trucks figuring if their spot was OK so was mine.

I had a hard time getting the people in the main protest to talk at first although a few of them had read my two pieces on the subject. But Michelle jumped right in.

She then held the camera for me while I recorded my subscription commentary (Half of which didn’t save drat!) and a general commentary which I’ll finish with.

I then crossed the street and talked to Dora

Then Chuck

Then Ryan

I couldn’t for the life of me find someone from Fitchburg but as my voice was dying I finally found someone from Leominster which is as close as it gets

I’ll finish with my own commentary

Two Quick thoughts.

I’ve seen a lot of protests, I know astroturf when it’s in front of me, this protest wasn’t astroturf, it was more like a tea party protests with people taking care of each other.

Look and listen to that final interview and you will see the secret of why hundreds of non-union workers will protest on behalf of a CEO who is likely is worth more than all of em put together.

I’ll be tying it all together tomorrow with the pictures.