(Warner Todd Huston/The Union Label) – This one should raise your temperature. The stagehand union in California fired one of its members from a job because he was wearing a ballcap and a sweatshirt with the name of his son’s Naval vessel on them. Why did they fire him? Because his son serves aboard the U.S.S. George H.W. Bush.
Duane Hammond went to work on the morning of Oct. 22 wearing the apparel with his son’s ship on it and right away to got to work like he normally does. But after a short time on the job, his supervisor decided that he didn’t like Hammond’s navy shirt and hat and after Hammond refused to take them off the supervisor fired him on the spot.
At first the union stonewalled any efforts of the media to find out what was going on. Later in the week, though, the union apologized to Hammond.
The apology doesn’t matter, though. This should never have happened in the first place. It does serve to prove the totalitarian, anti-American attitude endemic in American unions.