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union picket line


my place of empoyment just came off a picket line here in harlan, kentucky. it was an experience i will never forget. almost 30 days, all kinds of weather thank god for the loaned funeral home tents, i was amazed at the support from the community we received. people gave money, brought food not just store bought packaged items but pressure cookers of pinto beans and cornbread, home made soup and barbacue. mcdonalds brought hamburgers, always had breakfast from someone. one man even bought hats, gloves and socks when it was really cold. it was unbelieveable!!! oh yea and pizza probably every three days. i'll finally get my first pay check next week--you don't know what you can do until you are put in a position of really having to fend for yourself thank god my kids are out on their own. one mother brought her two kids on the second shift and they were so good and the oldest said mom i don't know if i can do this for a month--break your heart they will everytime. there were several couples where both worked for the company. all in all everything turned out pretty good. i just wonder in three years what that will hold for the employees of the harlan appalachina regional hospital. i am getting to write today because my husbands brother from hampton va passed away and him and my son have gone to the funeral. i am down in my back and i could not stand a ten hour drive, i have to keep it strong for work next weekl i have taken my three days of bereavement leave to do a few muscule relaxers and rest being out of my comfort zone on that picket line almost got me good. i enjoy the reading the postings on this sight and i want to wish everyone a nice day and good luck to what ever you do.

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thousandairComment by thousandair - May 9, 2007, 6:19 pm
My condolences to your family. I hope that you and your union stood your ground on the contract and that for everyday that you walked the picket line that you felt the solardirity, Im union also and I have been there and done that. God bless from a union brother. Thousandair local ufcw1262 NY
justxploringComment by justxploring - May 10, 2007, 1:24 am
Good luck and God Bless.

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