Saturday, August 16, 2008

You can bet...

...that these pictures weren't taken in Arizona. No, they were taken in Anchorage. I hadn't realized how thoroughly unionized it was, but I should have guessed. On the Pacific Coast, after all.

Arizona is a "right to work" state, which means, in effect, that the jobs that would have been performed by union labor are instead filled by the "undocumented".


Anonymous said...

I've been ambivalent about unions for a long time. I hate to see the unionized manufacturing industries in decline. The UAW has given up on Detroit, which it helped to kill, and moved to the government sector.

But one place where I love to see union power is in the service industries of Las Vegas. And the stronger, the better!

Anonymous said...

Welcome back Granny J. We call Arizona the "right to get screwed state" as I have been in the trades here for decades. Back in the 80's & 90's it was tough, even before the flood of illeagals washed through.

Anonymous said...

GJ, this isn't related to unions, directly, but sort of. Most of those unionized occupations in AK are filled by men.

About 15 years ago, I remember a magazine for single women in the lower 48. It was a 4-color glossy filled with single, eligible AK men ready for a commitment. ("G"-rated photos, LOL.)

The men way outnumbered the women in AK, so this was their way of finding a wife.

I wonder how things are in the AK dating scene today?

~Anon in AV.

mark said...

Re Alaska dating scene.. I think women from russia and asia are giving the U. S. gals some competition. Maybe maybe foreigners should be forced to unionize... that would level the playing field a tad. Ha.

Granny J said...

boonie -- the UAW certainly did a number on our American auto industry.

style -- I can imagine how being in the trades here in Arizona is nothing at all like it was in Illinois when we left.

anon av -- does anyone have any idea of the male/female ratio in Alaska today?

mark -- Interesting observation; maybe the dotter can add to this from 1st hand experience...

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