What's Wrong With This Picture: Good Enough For Your Kids, Not Good Enough For Me Edition

Jack Baruth
by Jack Baruth
what s wrong with this picture good enough for your kids not good enough for me

What are we looking at here? Well, it’s a Camry, that much is obvious. In the window is a sign for “Educators Against 5.”

What’s “5”? It’s a bill, recently passed in Ohio, which prohibits collective bargaining by public employee unions on issues such as health insurance, sick leave and pension benefits. Needless to say, it is massively unpopular among unionized public-sector workers in said state, many of whom view it as the first step towards “union-busting”.

The actual merits of the law are probably best discussed elsewhere. However, this is the third car I’ve seen in two days carrying the “No 5” sign… and all three have had a little credibility problem.

That’s right! The Toyota Camry is primarily built by non-union labor in Georgetown, KY. The other two “No 5” cars I saw were both Hondas — and Honda doesn’t play ball with the UAW in this country either.

During a recent press trip, I listened to an older journalist talk about the failure of certain newspaper unions in this country. He said, “I’m a union member. And I support the union. But one day I found myself shopping in Wal-Mart, and I guess at that point the whole idea of union solidarity had disappeared for me.” It’s a very interesting point. The unions in this country aren’t sticking together, and they haven’t stuck together in some time.

When I look back at the cars I’ve owned in my lifetime, the number of union-built cars far outweighs the non-union ones. I have five street cars and one race car at the moment, all built with union labor here, in Canada, or in Germany. Hell, I’ve purchased a few dozen suits that were made with union labor in the United States (Hickey-Freeman, Oxxford, and a few other American manufacturers continue to use unionized workers exclusively in the production of their American-made clothing.) Yet I’ve never belonged to a union. I’m not even a member of any automotive press association. Not much of a joiner, I suppose. I didn’t consider whether or not the cars were union-built when I bought them.

A lot of public-sector union member in Ohio have apparently decided that my tax dollars should go to support unionized labor… and it’s their right to feel that way. I do think it’s interesting, however, that they don’t seem to think unionized labor is good enough for them. They’re shopping at Wal-Mart, they’re buying clothing from countries where workers’ rights are less than a joke, and they are choosing their vehicles from providers which ban the UAW from their property. What message are they sending — and will they be surprised if a state full of temps, contractors, casual labor, and Honda employees fails to see things their way?

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  • DaddyOfPayton DaddyOfPayton on Jul 20, 2011

    I live in Ohio as well, and it sure does set up an interesting fall ballot as far as the schools go. I fully expect to see a bunch of school levies on the ballot, along with an effort to repeal the bill that Jack referred to. One thing that has not been commented on is that if they build the language in the previously passed Senate Bill 5 into some sort of budget bill, it will very likely survive the recall attempt. This option is being saved as a last resort (by the fiscal conservatives) in case the recall is successful.

  • Dynamic88 Dynamic88 on Jul 20, 2011

    There remains the possibility that the car in question doesn't belong to a union member. Not everyone against 5 is a public employee.

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  • Tassos I have been a very happy Honda owner for many many decades, this clueless clown does not know what he or she is talking about, IF he refers to me in his hatchet piece.I am a big admirer of the Honda Accord, of which I owned a coupe 5 speed from 1994 to 2016, it was way underpowered by today's standards but it had excellent quality inside and out.and also the CIvic hatch, which I bought new in 1991 and owned until it was totaled (100% the other guy's fault) in 2016, which was the perfect city car, (as its latin name suggests, illiterates) very lightweight and quick on its feed despite its modest HP.I also was always impressed by the Accord Hybrid, which has the same stellar MPG as the Camry Hybrid, but with far more satisfying driving dynamics and styling.So again, Christine, what the hell are you talking about?????