John L. Lewis I'm sorry that all you worked for has gone to Hell in a hand basket. I'm sorry that we have to look to our French bothers and sisters for leadership. I'm sorry that organized labor here in the United States of America loves kissing the asses of corporate CEO's. What can I say, except that I'm sorry that the American Labor Movement doesn't have a real leader willing to stand up for what's right. It seems to me that American labor leaders are ball less clueless and need to go to France for further education!
John Llewellyn Lewis (February 12, 1880 – June 11, 1969) was an American leader of organized labor who served as president of the United Mine Workers of America from 1920 to 1960. He was a major player in the history of coal mining. He was the driving force behind the founding of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, which established the United Steel Workers of America and helped organize millions of other industrial workers in the 1930s. After resigning as head of the CIO in 1941, he took the Mine Workers out of the CIO in 1942, then back into the American Federation of Labor (AFL) in 1944.
French workers hold bosses at Caterpillar plant.
GRENOBLE, France (AP) — Angry French workers facing layoffs at a Caterpillar factory held four of their bosses Tuesday at the U.S. manufacturer's plant in the Alps to protest job cuts, a regional official and police said.
It is the third time in the past few weeks that French workers have seized their bosses to protest job losses stemming from the global economic crisis.
Last week, workers at a 3M plant south of Paris held the company boss for two days, and earlier this month workers at a Sony plant held a similar protest.
Elsewhere in a fresh incident, the mayor of the small town of Pont-Saint-Esprit in southern France was prevented from leaving city hall by townspeople angry over municipal management amid the economic downturn. Phone calls to the mayor's office went unanswered, but the local police confirmed there was a "crisis."
Several hundred workers occupied parts of the Caterpillar plant in Grenoble on Tuesday morning and detained five managers. Police later moved in to clear out the seized areas and the managers were allowed to move freely, said Chrystele Aubert, chief of communication for the regional government.
A doctor, Jean-Marie Gallet, met with the detained managers and told The Associated Press that their health was good.
One of the five, who has cardiac problems, was later allowed to leave. Maurice Petit, director of human resources, was seen exiting the factory in early evening, booed by workers.
My advice to the American Labor movement is this: Stand up for what you believe in, if you really believe in in anything! I've heard enough bullshit.