Domino’s Pizza delivery driver Jim Pohle could have quit when he saw a competitor offering an extra 25 cents an hour in wages and his bosses wouldn’t match it. But he decided instead to stand up and form the nation’s only pizza drivers union to successfully organize workers.
Now he represents 11 drivers as president of the American Union of Pizza Delivery Drivers Inc. at the franchise where he has worked off and on for more than a dozen years. Experts say he has created a model for fast food workers wanting to organize in other locations.
“When they declared us tipped employees and refused to pay us the Florida minimum wage of $6.40, I was kind of angry. I came home that night and I told my buddy, I said ‘We are forming a union,’” he said.
Good on ya, Jim. Labor, organized and otherwise, has been under attack – quite successful attack – for, well, ever. Specifically within the last 60 years, the right has achieved so many successful microrollbacks of labor power that nearly the entire field has been rendered impotent. And the microrollback method is also the model that the right is using in their attempts to end womens’ right to choose.
It may just be one tiny little union, but I’m all for good news of that sort. Particularly while I’m watching the GOP in the Senate today as they grab the Constitution and use it for toilet paper, with only token resistance from the Dems. Well, OK, as the day goes on, more are stepping up. Still no holier than thou Obama, though. What a piker.
Anyway, where was I? Oh yes, new union. Collective action is one of the best ways for the powerless to have some measure of security against the powerful. It’s a balancing act, sure, but when the Man is denying you $6.40 an hour because you get “tips”… well, then the Man can go fuck himself.