Remembering the Nonviolent Pittston Strike
I felt helpless in lending any real support other than a letter to the editor on behalf of my local Pax Christi group.
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#1 May 14, 2012
Was the beginning of the END for the UMWA.
“The Kingdom of God Begins NOW!”
Since: May 07
The Mountain Empire
#2 May 15, 2012
The letter from the Presiding Bishop said in part:
"....We know that psychological violence has been done to those who now suffer from the unbearable anxiety and desperation of being cut off from support systems which they counted on to be there for them in their sickness, their disabilities and their retirement. But if that violence, as well as the physical violence which some would incite for their own purposes, is to be overcome, it can only be through the non-violent way of the peacemaker.
"We therefore urge you to be steadfast witnesses to the abiding truth of that Gospel claim. Through non-violence, you will permit others to participate and assist in the healing and reconciliation of all people in this place. By your actions, you can give all those affected by these events the grounds for hope because your commitment to nonviolence will be rooted in the only power that can ultimately bring reconciliation, the power of God's eternal love."
#3 May 19, 2012
The beginning of the end was when Virginia enacted legislation as a Right to Work State that allowed UMWA companies to employ scabs instead of the collective bargaining process.
#4 Aug 6, 2014
Union left long before that
#5 Oct 21, 2015
Nonviolent? You must not remember to well then. I remember people being pulled out of trucks and beaten, jackrocks thrown, spotlights being put on me while driving. And a lot of harassment of people who had nothing to do with either side.
#6 Oct 21, 2015
Absolutely the truth!!!!
#7 Oct 21, 2015
Yep. Those low life bastards even threw rocks at the vehicles the nurses rode. They wrjed for a private company from Missouri and were not Pittston employees and would have provided medical assistance to anyone in need union or not.
So you mfs that rocked them and now that your ass is unemployed, you got just what you deserve.
Good bye all unions.
Unions were great at one time, but nothing other than a corrupt organization these days.
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