While I am sympathetic to labor and think that those whacky anarcho-syndicalists have contributed mightily and well to the doomed but necessary endeavor of freeing humanity from authority, I think it's also fair to note that labor unions as actually constituted in these United States run a narrow gamut between toadyism and gomerism. Long since defeated by their own callowness in the face of anti-Communism, they exist today as metastasized tumors on the rickety bones of America's dying industries, ever seeking a little more calcium, mindlessly contributing to the death of their hosts even as they self-delude themselves into believing they possess some autonomous life of their own. So, as Pittsburgh fails to dig out of a snow storm that my good friends in Buffalo and my own memories of the wintry Colorado vacations of my youth assure me to be No Big Deal, I feel it only right and proper to commend to yinz this minor hilarity:
Tweeting motorists weren't the only ones complaining. Pittsburgh Parking Authority meter readers who were told to shovel snow around public garages weren't happy about that, either.There weren't any shots . . . It was a heart attack . . . Call the medics, Dude . . . I'd go myself but I'm pumpin blood. Might pass out.
"They are doing jobs that are to be done by facility operators from the Teamsters union," said Shawn Beck, union steward for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 2719.
"They're not getting the training that they need to be shown how to properly shovel snow. ... They're not getting trained in how to lift 50-pound bags of salt.
"One's already down ... with an injury," he said, "and I've got more wounded people coming in."
Rest easy good buddy. You're doing fine. We got help chopperin in.