Hey, did you hear about that big labor protest here in Los Angeles? Did you see it on the news?
Alarmed by recent union losses in a Wisconsin labor battle, thousands of organized workers marched through downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, vowing to fight a similar fate here in cash-strapped California.
Police estimated between 5,000 and 8,000 people attended the protest, which ended in a packed rally at Pershing Square. The event comes in response to the Wisconsin Legislature’s approval of a bill this month that curtails the collective bargaining rights of many unions and follows a weeks-long battle.
Marchers cheered speakers such as Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa; Maria Elena Durazo, secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor; and Mahlon Mitchell, president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin.
Hoffa? Fire fighter? Secretary-treasurer? Pfft! If only they’d had a newsworthy speaker, someone pithy and full of wisdom, like say Michele Bachmann, then maybe there would have been some decent media coverage. And by full of wisdom, I mean full of crap.
Or maybe solidarity just doesn’t have the same appeal as bombing ruthless dictators or people being exposed to horrific doses of radiation. Democracy schmemocracy.
Besides, ya seen one impressive crowd, ya seen ‘em all.