Union membership isn’t what it used to be years ago when our nation was a far different place than it is today.
In recent decades, union membership has fallen, although in Massachusetts, union membership remains higher than in most other parts of the nation.
The settling of the Stop and Shop strike, which lasted two weeks, is the surest sign that union membership still means something when push comes to shove and everyone in the union is willing to sacrifice their pay to get what they want and need out of a contract.
The past two weeks has been a public relations and business disaster for Stop and Shop.
When the strike was settled over the weekend following lengthy deliberations, it was a victory for both sides.
The debate rages on about what is going to happen as the decision presumably comes closer everyday as to whether or not the Encore Casino owned by Wynn Resorts will receive a license from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.
The MGC has given no indication when or how it is going to rule.
Here in Everett, this coming MGC decision is the vote of a lifetime for the city.
Everett awaits the outcome with baited breath as everything about the city’s immediate financial future hangs on the vote made by the MGC.
The mayor is believed to have cancelled his annual state of the city address until the vote is decided. After all, the state of the city depends almost entirely on Wynn Resorts getting a gaming license.
The mayor is said to be extremely jittery and nervous about the outcome of the MGC’s deliberations.
“He could not get himself to address the city without knowing about the outcome of the vote first,” said a source close to the mayor.
“Can you imagine him speaking about the state of the city without knowing what the MGC is going decide?” added the source.
In a command performance Monday night at city hall, the mayor and his solicitor bullied and intimidated Parlin Library Director Stacy DeBole and the Library Board of Trustees and belittled their existence before attacking them and snuffing them out.
It was a fierce forage by a pack of hungry, greedy wolves versus defenseless lambs on a wide open field where the final outcome was never in doubt.
The city council voted 6-4 allowing the change in administration of the library system as desired by the mayor, thus ending 139 years of independent administration of the city’s public library system.
The mayor, the city’s Human Resources officer and city solicitor’s office will be running the library for its own good now. The library will be staffed by the mayor’s appointees and approved by his Human Resources director.
Terrifying liability issues have now all been resolved with the change. Utterly lost, never considered and unspoken by the mayor, and his solicitor are the intellectual and philosophical underpinnings allowing libraries to breath and to thrive since the ancient Greeks first created them.
The mayor will not be delivering a state of the city address this year, preferring to use social media and the Internet to get his various messages across in the next few weeks. The mayor sought to answer the many questions that had been raised and to allay the fears of others that the cancellation of the address scheduled for the 25th might be the precursor to bad news.
Was the mayor waiting for the casino licensing decision? Were there other factors in him putting off the kind of event he tends to enjoy, and to look forward to?
Is he as tired and weary of giving the same speeches on stage as he is appearing before the city council?
He tried answering all of these questions, raised in part by Councilor Mike Marchese.