Friday, October 24, 2003

Rump unionism 

Mr_Cranky reports that under 40% of AFSCME workers at the University of Minnesota are striking presently, as their strike vote had only 38% of membership voting for the strike. According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the university says less than half of union members stayed out on Wednesday, while the union puts the number closer to two-thirds. The pickets outside the university president's offices were joined by about 100 students, which Mr. Cranky notes is under a quarter of one percent of university enrollment. Question: How many of the 100 were brought by their classes and encouraged to participate? How many were given credit in a course for their picketing and street theater? The over/under is 50, with steam on the over.