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President of AFL-CIO rips NFL for using “incompetent scab” refs

Craig Ochoa, Rusty Spindel AP

The NFL Referees Association has the strong backing of one of the most powerful union leaders in America.

Richard Trumka, the president of the AFL-CIO, told The Hill that he’s a big football fan, but he isn’t watching the NFL right now because he’s appalled that the NFL is using replacement officials.

“They are scabs . . . they’re incompetent,” Trumka said. “I’m worried about the health and safety of a lot of players.”

The AFL-CIO is a federation of 56 labor unions, representing more than 10 million workers. Trumka made his comments at an event in Charlotte, where he’s attending the Democratic National Convention, and he said that the NFL needs to show it cares about the safety of its workers and get the best officials back on the field.

“What we need to do is get this thing settled, get those referees back so we can protect the players and the game,” Trumka said. “The game doesn’t really play well whenever you have a referee who doesn’t know what to do.”

At this point, so many people have ripped the replacement refs that Trumka’s comments feel like piling on. But it’s incumbent on those replacement refs to make sure they don’t give everyone a reason to keep piling on when the season starts.

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  1. skoobyfl says: Sep 4, 2012 6:43 PM

    This is not boding well for the NFL, let’s fix this before it’s too late.

  2. bearclaw69 says: Sep 4, 2012 6:44 PM

    Trumka is little more than a union goon. What he refuses to acknowledge is that the NFL would gladly put the regular refs back on the field, but the league is not going to allow itself to get bent over on ridiculous demands by it’s contractors. If the refs don’t like the fair offer the NFL put in front of them, they can leave it. Because if they don’t take it soon, they’re likely to find themselves permanently out of work in professional football.

  3. ghjjf says: Sep 4, 2012 6:45 PM

    I keep hearing about player safety with regards to the replacement refs… When in the history of football has a referee ever prevented a player injury?

  4. The Deep Dig says: Sep 4, 2012 6:47 PM

    I’ve been saying it for weeks on Twitter how surprise I am at how more aren’t overtly angry at the NFL for putting out less than competent employees for such an important part of the game.

    NFL plays the public and media for it’s apathy on such matters. This is ridiculous when you really think about it.

  5. gbpackets says: Sep 4, 2012 6:47 PM

    I’m not buying this whole player safety song and dance. I’ve never seen a ref tend to an injured player, thats why they have actual medically trained “first responders” at all games. They also have doctors now to assess all head injuries. I want the refs for the quality of product, not because I think players are in more danger.

  6. realityonetwo says: Sep 4, 2012 6:47 PM

    I don’t care about union vs. non-union. I’m more interested in competent vs. hapless. And these “scab” refs definitely fall into the latter category.

  7. dldove77 says: Sep 4, 2012 6:48 PM

    I HATE unions. Good for nothing but lowering the paychecks of middle class workers and raising the prices on products and services for all classes. And when someone dare try to replace union employees – God forbid the show go on without them – you get responses like this from union leadership. The time that unions were needed in this country is long past. How on earth do all the non-union companies in this country, and the people they employee, survive?

  8. commieniko says: Sep 4, 2012 6:49 PM

    Since when did it become okay to constantly lambaste these guys who have done nothing wrong and are trying their best to do what’s been rather unfairly asked of them

  9. hutch119 says: Sep 4, 2012 6:51 PM

    I don’t get why safety is in jeopardy with the replacements. There won’t be an epidemic of dirty hits because anything missed on the field(which won’t be an abnormal rate anyways) will be heavily penalized after with fines and suspensions. Players know they can’t get away with stuff.

    Plus the old officials are the same ones that thought Colt McCoy could return to a game.

  10. jimnaizeeum says: Sep 4, 2012 6:56 PM

    President of AFL-CIO rips NFL for using “incompetent scab” refs

    But he’s ok with corruption in his union…what a guy.

  11. eaglesgreen7 says: Sep 4, 2012 7:01 PM

    I keep hearing how people are against these replacement refs and the fans are against the nfl on this. Mike and all the writers say it everytime they write. Mike prove it. Put a simple poll and ask if the fans are for the refs or nfl. Do it I dear you. You won’t because you know the fans are not for the refs or for your pro union friends. Almost every fan I talk do are for the NFL on this. The sad thing is the refs could come out and do great and you wouldn’t give them credit.

    So very simple put up a poll and let us vote.

  12. bigdinla says: Sep 4, 2012 7:04 PM

    It is time for Unions to go away! They ceased to be necessary over 3 decades ago. Who cares what this mafia stooge thinks anyway? The Refs are being ridiculous in their demands. Why in the hell should the NFL give part time employees full time benefits? The league has offered to make them full time employees, but too many of the refs have other jobs and don’t want to give them up. They want their cake and eat it to!

  13. jredshoes says: Sep 4, 2012 7:15 PM

    Unions have ruined the United States
    Lawyers are ruining the NFL
    And that about sums it up

  14. gdeli says: Sep 4, 2012 7:16 PM

    Can’t we just get back to a normal football season?

  15. doe22us says: Sep 4, 2012 7:17 PM

    All these fans saying lets go ahead with the replacements, lets see how quickly your tune will change when the refs blow a major call or two that will cost your team this week.

  16. gadzod says: Sep 4, 2012 7:17 PM

    It’s not like the locked out refs has some invisible shield that prevents people from getting hurt. It happens, that is the sport we enjoy and they play for a living. They can’t prevent injuries. The only thing in their power they can do is throw a 15 yard flag, and if the penalty is severe enough, kick them out of the game. The refs don’t prevent injuries or penalties. They just punish the penalties after the fact.

  17. anonymouslyanonymouscommentor says: Sep 4, 2012 7:18 PM

    It’s not piling on until the NFL budges

  18. scytherius says: Sep 4, 2012 7:19 PM

    Amen! Games are going to turn on bad calls. Players are going to get hurt, all because those billionaires still don’t have enough money.

  19. gunndlewittlebaum says: Sep 4, 2012 7:20 PM

    An adult that refers to another individual as being a ‘scab’ should not be taken seriously. Ditto for union ‘leaders’.

  20. stew48 says: Sep 4, 2012 7:23 PM

    Richard who?

  21. ernestbynershands says: Sep 4, 2012 7:24 PM

    Is this a union guy calling other workers incompetent? He better not call the kettle black.
    Is this a union guy, who takes money from hard working Americans for doing nothing, complaining about people working hard and doing the best they can?
    What a piece of trash.
    I bet he makes 10 fold what any of his membership makes.
    When the mafia got out of numbers, drugs, booze, girls, etc, they became labor unions.
    Useful once upon a time unions were useful. Now, they bleed our industries dry, think auto bailout. Unions are the largest cancer on the American economy.
    Please quote intellegent concerned people. Not some union suit, some bag of hot air who makes his living taking from those that work hard for a living. If you must quote union people, atleast make it a working union member.

  22. packerfan1000 says: Sep 4, 2012 7:25 PM

    But it’s incumbent on those replacement refs to make sure they don’t give everyone a reason to keep piling on when the season starts.

    —————

    No it’s not. It’s incumbent on the league to get the varsity refs back on the field. The replacement refs are not going to do a good job. This is not their fault. They just don’t have the talent to handle the stage. They are going to do their best, and it won’t be good enough. But we dare not blame them for it. It’s not their fault. It is the league’s for putting them in that situation.

    Comparable situation: Small town colleges letting their football teams play the big dogs just for a pay day. The big dogs win by 80 points. The players who don’t see a dime of it get embarrassed.

    Saying the replacement refs need to step up is like telling the players from the small town college to step up and beat the big dogs.

  23. ernestbynershands says: Sep 4, 2012 7:25 PM

    Is this a union guy calling other workers incompetent? He better not call the kettle black.
    Is this a union guy, who takes money from hard working Americans for doing nothing, complaining about people working hard and doing the best they can?
    What a piece of trash.
    I bet he makes 10 fold what any of his membership makes.
    When the mafia got out of numbers, drugs, booze, girls, etc, they became labor unions.
    Useful once upon a time unions were useful. Now, they bleed our industries dry, think auto bailout. Unions are the largest cancer on the American economy.
    Please quote intellegent concerned people. Not some union suit, some bag of hot air who makes his living taking from those that work hard for a living. If you must quote union people, atleast make it a working union member.

  24. kairn42 says: Sep 4, 2012 7:25 PM

    Where was the president of the AFL-CIO’s concern for player safety when the NFLPA fought AGAINST mandatory knee, thigh and hip pads? Where was their concern for player safety and their recommendation to put unbiased, non-team-affiliated health-care personnel on the sidelines to diagnose concussions? The refs have only been ‘required’ by the NFL to police for ‘evidence of concussions’ in players for 1 season so far…and I can’t think of a single instance where a ref went to a coach and told a coach that someone should be pulled and evaluated. The AFL-CIO can pack sand on this one.

  25. godblessfootball says: Sep 4, 2012 7:27 PM

    If you want to prevent injuries, have the PLAYERS play WITHIN the rules. You can’t put injuries on the refs. Besides, all the refs can do is flag a player AFTER the player has has violated the rules.

  26. tsimpson50 says: Sep 4, 2012 7:28 PM

    Why don’t the union goons go ahead and boycott the games… Solidarity!!! How many of these proud union members are working for cash under the table robbing their brethren of union owed work… 50 years ago there was a reason for unions, today… nada..

  27. majbobby says: Sep 4, 2012 7:29 PM

    I don’t buy player safety at all. Stick to your guns Owners it is your league. Ooo also on player safety these players know thier body so well that is they get a hang nail I mean turf toe they are in a boot and on the bike for weeks

  28. beavertonsteve says: Sep 4, 2012 7:49 PM

    Unless the regular refs have magic yellow flags that can heal injuries how are they going to change anything?

  29. illiniftw says: Sep 4, 2012 7:51 PM

    I can’t stand the word scab. Especially in this economy how could anyone blame the replacement refs for jumping at a better career opportunity?

    The ref union is trying to play the poor us card, while trying to get more pay with no accountability AND bullying the people they know could take their jobs easily (D I refs)

  30. flsnupe says: Sep 4, 2012 7:52 PM

    ghjjf says:
    Sep 4, 2012 6:45 PM
    I keep hearing about player safety with regards to the replacement refs… When in the history of football has a referee ever prevented a player injury?
    ********************************
    This is the most ignorant statement I have ever read on this blog. Have you ever heard the phrase, “the refs let the game get out of hand”. Refs protect the safety and integrity of the game, and sets a tone for each game that should result in unnecessary injury. Unbelievable to think anything else!

  31. southpaw79 says: Sep 4, 2012 7:53 PM

    There are two different reactions from both sides of this debate. One decided to take their ball and go home, the other decided the show must go on and took actions to move forward as best as possible. I will support the side that is trying to work things out rather than the the ones just yelling and screaming ” give me more money or people will get hurt”!

  32. migiantsfan says: Sep 4, 2012 7:53 PM

    The locked out refs missed plenty of calls that decieded regular season games nd playoff games, so the argument that the replacement refs are going to miss calls is not a valid argument.

    The argument that the NFL should share the wealth is a standard union propaganda line. If that was true then why should anyone try to better themselves if we all are going to be paid the same. Hey Mike why don’t you share the money you are making from NBC for this site with all your viewers?

  33. giantsfanlewis says: Sep 4, 2012 7:55 PM

    So once the ref are back the moment a player is injured that entire officiating crew needs to be fired on the spot and the moment a call is blown and a game is decided that officiating crew must be suspended for 1 game without pay… Oh right the PART TIME Refs CAN NOT be held accountable for anything that happens on the field

  34. shelovesfootball says: Sep 4, 2012 7:56 PM

    Let’s try this again!

    Calling Scott Walker…calling Scott Walker!
    Recall my derrière! Wisconsin speaks.

  35. flsnupe says: Sep 4, 2012 7:58 PM

    You can tell the league sent their flunkies to this story. I don’t believe we as a public are this believing in management aka the league. People just want to hate unions, and ignore facts. Fact is, the product on the field will not be worth the money the patrons spend until the regular refs return. Go ahead, choose thumbs down. I don’t care.

  36. Patriot42 says: Sep 4, 2012 8:03 PM

    The AFL-CIO is one large scab

  37. kingcarlbanks says: Sep 4, 2012 8:07 PM

    i find it oh so hilarious how people who aren’t in a union love beefing about them. Take a look around, the firemen and police officers who risk there lives day in and day out are union. The people who take keep most large cities running are union. The players you sit here and comment on day in and day out are union. To hate a group of workers who unite for the good of themselves and their fellow workers is plain idiotic. But i bet most of the union haters wish they were in one. And not i’m not saying unions or the people who lead them are always perfect, but i know one thing, my union has never let me down.

  38. mitrodge says: Sep 4, 2012 8:12 PM

    What Trumka is “appalled at” and “worried about” is that his membership is dwindling after years of union corruption and cronyism. The point is that the financial success of the NFL is fundamentally attributable to the desire of fans to watch the best athletes in the world display their god given talents on a 360 by 160 foot field of green (literally and figuratively) every week. In my view, there are hundreds if not thousands of men and women that can do what NFL refs do….Trumka NOT included….and, given a period of time, do it even better. The “players” generally deserve what they ask for. They have a small window of time in which to leverage their unique talents and risk permanent injury or worse every time they step on the field. The refs skills are certainly not so unique that they should be able to demand a piece of the action that has accrued on the blood and sweat of the NFL players. They deserve only what the market will bear….which is basically what the NFL refs were earning before they made their demands.

  39. ajpurp says: Sep 4, 2012 8:14 PM

    Problem is in this situation I am all for the refs because I want the best product available. The refs are NOT all that much better than the replacements, their flaws are just pointed out much more by the media, but they are better nonetheless. In ANY other situation I would be with the NFL because the refs and their demands are ridiculous and they should be shut out and replaced, but in THIS situation where the season starts tomorrow, I want this to just be solved period, regardless of who I think is right.

  40. japmen says: Sep 4, 2012 8:24 PM

    Some stupid comments as usual. The refs have already lost some games before. Nothing new on that front. The refs already made bad calls every week, probably every game. No difference there. The refs cant and wont stop any injuries. Damn, no difference again!

    Hmmm, well whats the big difference? One wants even more money than 150k a year for 50 days of work and they dont want any competition or any accountability. Owners, put them out of work for a while. Let’s see just how fast the scabs can improve. Won’t be nearly as bad as the strike shortened season and that one still counted in the books(and didnt lose any fans from what Ive seen either).

  41. vikes8480 says: Sep 4, 2012 8:27 PM

    The officiating crew who screwed Seattle out of a SB were incompetent. The replacement refs are inexperienced, big difference.

  42. surly1n1nd1anapol1s says: Sep 4, 2012 8:30 PM

    Dick is aptly named.

  43. mancave001 says: Sep 4, 2012 8:32 PM

    Yeah, you’re worried about the health and safety of the players, you goon.

  44. jaxhotspur11 says: Sep 4, 2012 8:33 PM

    Why do people who make six-figure salaries for a part-time job need a union?

    Why do these people think they deserve double-digit pay increases annually when 99% of us would be thrilled with a relatively large 5% increase annually?

    The vast majority of people side with the billionaire owners over the millionaire refs on this. The entire situation is sickening.

  45. denverscott says: Sep 4, 2012 8:37 PM

    Go hang out with Jimmy Hoffa you irrelevant piece of dog dung.

  46. dickmac says: Sep 4, 2012 8:38 PM

    I’m sure that most of the people bashing unions on this board will be voting for Willard Romney and Pinocchio Ryan:)

  47. TheodoreJr says: Sep 4, 2012 8:41 PM

    Union suck. They expect to be paid for what they are “worth” and on top of that, want health insurance. WTF? Don’t they know health care is not a right, but a privilege, for the privileged?

    And get this. Unions also demand “vacation days” where they get paid to NOT go to work. Let that sink in – Unions expect to get paid for not going to work.

    I’m voting for Romney. He understands that workers work, that’s why they are called workers. He understands that health care is not a right. He understands that 401Ks allow workers to one day not work, and then who’s gonna make the fries? Obama is from Kenya.

  48. rightwingguy says: Sep 4, 2012 8:47 PM

    You can never trust Union people. Liars and cheats the lot of them.

  49. kingjoe1 says: Sep 4, 2012 8:48 PM

    Trumka and the like are ruining this country. He ought to worry more about something important than the pArt time jobs of >100 men.

  50. bsizemore68 says: Sep 4, 2012 8:56 PM

    I think most of the people having a problem with the word SCAB needs to get out there dictionary and read it, replacement workers are scabs. I also think a lot of the republicans on this site are jealous that some people like having a union to support them, like all of the players they love. Its not unions that are hurting this country, its the greed of big business and the super rich. If you don’t have a union you can be replace in a heart beat, if your boss can find a scab to work for less. Bill

  51. 18isback says: Sep 4, 2012 8:56 PM

    Shouldn’t hoghead be out in the streets of Charlotte bustin kneecaps or something?

  52. yajas says: Sep 4, 2012 8:57 PM

    When I worked at a grocery store in high school, I was forced to join the union. The first 60 or 90 days I made less than minimum wage but had to pay about $60-$75 just to join the union. They had to take that out in installments for several weeks because I made so little. Then I finally got up to minimum wage and they started taking out the normal weekly dues, which effectively put me below minimum wage for much longer. I was a part-timer mixed in with full-timers in the union and the part-timers got nothing – no insurance, no paid time off, worst hours, no benefits of any sort. I read the entire union contract word for word while on lunch breaks of a 2nd job I was working at the time and there was nothing good in it anywhere.

    I’m now at a better place in life because all the non-union companies I’ve worked for since have paid me fairly based on my skillset at the time. They were able to get rid of the trash and pay the ones they wanted. The unions just took money from a kid working his butt off and gave nothing back.

  53. mjkelly77 says: Sep 4, 2012 9:01 PM

    Whine. Whine. Whine. If the part-timers weren’t so greedy, they’d be back to work. They were already overly-compensated prior to the current negotiation.

  54. mjkelly77 says: Sep 4, 2012 9:07 PM

    TheodoreJr says:Sep 4, 2012 8:41 PM

    Union suck. They expect to be paid for what they are “worth” and on top of that, want health insurance. WTF? Don’t they know health care is not a right, but a privilege, for the privileged?

    And get this. Unions also demand “vacation days” where they get paid to NOT go to work. Let that sink in – Unions expect to get paid for not going to work.

    I’m voting for Romney. He understands that workers work, that’s why they are called workers. He understands that health care is not a right. He understands that 401Ks allow workers to one day not work, and then who’s gonna make the fries? Obama is from Kenya.
    _________________________

    Voting for Romney? Let me relate the cookie parable.

    A rich white man sits with a poor white man and a poor black man at a table laden with cookies.
    The rich white man snatches all the cookies but one, then turns to the poor white man and says,
    “Watch out for that darky. I think he wants to take your cookie.”
    It works every time.

    Wise up. The Republicans use fear and racism to hold office. And in your case, jealousy. The cats that are making $20 million a year are laughing at your stupidity.

  55. footballbraniac says: Sep 4, 2012 9:09 PM

    I’ve been really unquestioning pro-union for a long time, so this comes with great difficulty. The refs are making upwards of $300k per year, with a full pension… for part time work. They get a really cool job, and all expenses are paid for their weekends of travel all over the country to officiate the greatest league from the field. Sounds like an amazing gig, and one that just about any of us would like – especially if it didn’t interfere with our normal “day job.” Yes, they are the best, and the game deserves the best. But what on earth do they have to complain about?! Take the money on the table, retire in style, travel to all sorts of cities around the country and go back to you normal job during the week (with a long spring break, did I mention), or move over for the thousands of us that will do the job half as well for half the pay and benefits.

  56. mjkelly77 says: Sep 4, 2012 9:10 PM

    skoobyfl says:Sep 4, 2012 6:43 PM

    This is not boding well for the NFL, let’s fix this before it’s too late.

    82 thunms up
    144 thumbs down
    ______________________

    Obviously the majority of fans don’t see things your way.

  57. mjkelly77 says: Sep 4, 2012 9:20 PM

    dldove77 says:Sep 4, 2012 6:48 PM

    I HATE unions. Good for nothing but lowering the paychecks of middle class workers and raising the prices on products and services for all classes. And when someone dare try to replace union employees – God forbid the show go on without them – you get responses like this from union leadership. The time that unions were needed in this country is long past. How on earth do all the non-union companies in this country, and the people they employee, survive?
    ________________

    You hate unions because you don’t have enough on the ball to belong to one. Plain jealousy. Unions built the middle class in this country. And elite Republicans stir up the emotions you’ve expressed here. They want larger dividends and one way to ensure that is to drive wages down. And you’re fsalling for the game they’re running on you. If a union member makes $30/hour and you’re a non-union guy making $15/hour what happens when the union wage goes down to $20? Your $15/hr. becomes $10/hr. I’ve seen it happen.

    I am against the NFLRA in this case but I am for real workers’ unions. If you sweat on your job and get dirty and belong to a union, I’m on your side.

  58. packhawk04 says: Sep 4, 2012 9:29 PM

    “All these people saying go ahead with the replacement refs, lets see if youre changing your tune when they cost your team a game with a bad call or two.”

    Ive said it before, id do the same thing when the real refs blow games with a bad call or two, or get calls wrong even after instant replay. Piss and moan.

  59. emoney12 says: Sep 4, 2012 9:31 PM

    Funny thing. The one union that this directly effects is not doing a thing about it. I thought unions stuck together. Why aren’t the players boycotting the game? Getting paid $200k a year to officiate is disgusting.

  60. footballfan58 says: Sep 4, 2012 9:31 PM

    i find it oh so hilarious how people who aren’t in a union love beefing about them. Take a look around, the firemen and police officers who risk there lives day in and day out are union. The people who take keep most large cities running are union. The players you sit here and comment on day in and day out are union. To hate a group of workers who unite for the good of themselves and their fellow workers is plain idiotic. But i bet most of the union haters wish they were in one. And not i’m not saying unions or the people who lead them are always perfect, but i know one thing, my union has never let me down.

     ————————————-

    Sorry, but I disagree. My husband is a police officer and there is no union in his department. He also has a wonderful chief who takes care of his men. On the other hand, I am in a union at my job. They take my money every week for union dues and don’t do a thing for us when we need representation. We are getting zero benefits from the union and the union stewards and officers are corrupt.

    I am completely on the NFL’s side with this one.

  61. mjkelly77 says: Sep 4, 2012 9:31 PM

    doe22us says:Sep 4, 2012 7:17 PM

    All these fans saying lets go ahead with the replacements, lets see how quickly your tune will change when the refs blow a major call or two that will cost your team this week.
    _______________

    And what if they “blow a major call or two” and cause your team to win? The greedy part-timers blow calls as well.

  62. electionconfidential says: Sep 4, 2012 9:36 PM

    Unions may seem to suck right now, but they came in for a reason. Read “The Jungle” by Upton Sinclair or read about the history of coal mining and you’ll see that it takes a lot to protect workers from sociopathic robber barons like Robert Kraft and Jerry Jones.

  63. canesfan56 says: Sep 4, 2012 9:37 PM

    Mike, I love this site. I am a doctor married to a lawyer with a son in law school. Unfortunately, too often you sound like a lawyer not an unbiased reporter. Your prounion slant however is getting old. The NFL can and may well have to function with new referees. I was in medical school when Reagan fired the air traffic controllers. I was much more concerned about the safety of individuals who that set of union members were responsible for protecting. as I recall, we did okay with the new referees, I mean air-traffic controllers that is. the catastrophe never occurred and many say we were better off without the striking guys and girls.

  64. fmwarner says: Sep 4, 2012 9:40 PM

    denverscott says: Sep 4, 2012 8:37 PM

    Go hang out with Jimmy Hoffa you irrelevant piece of dog dung.
    =============================

    Yeah, lots of perfectly reasonable comments get deleted and THIS gets to stay. Way to moderate those comments, guys.

  65. mjkelly77 says: Sep 4, 2012 9:41 PM

    ernestbynershands says:Sep 4, 2012 7:24 PM

    … Useful once upon a time unions were useful. Now, they bleed our industries dry, think auto bailout.
    ________________

    The fall of great countries is preceded by the erosion of its manufacturing base. Think England, an empire at one time upon which the sun never set. Manufacturing unions must be protected for the security of our country. Or maybe you expect China to manufacture our tanks, ammunition and war materiel?

    Do some real reading and educate yourself.

  66. larrydavid7000 says: Sep 4, 2012 9:43 PM

    unions suck and are out dated.!!!!!!!!!

  67. kingcarlbanks says: Sep 4, 2012 9:45 PM

    @TheodoreJr,

    Sorry you don’t have health insurance or vacation days my friend. But i tell you what, come to New York and apply for a city job. Better yet apply to be a police officer. We could use good men on the force. Just stop being bitter about what you don’t have. And fyi, it looks like your the one making the fries, not union workers..

  68. amoses74 says: Sep 4, 2012 9:48 PM

    There is only one person I’d want speaking up for my cause less than Richard Trumka and thats Jerry Sandusky!

  69. SparkyGump says: Sep 4, 2012 9:50 PM

    I can’t believe some of the complete baloney coming out of some of the commenters here about unions. Ever get an overtime check? Thank unions for that. How about paid sick time off? Thank unions for that. You can even credit the eight hour work day to unions. Anyone making under $1,000,000.00 per year who votes republican is voting against themselves. Paul Ryan’s economic plan doesn’t even balance the budget until 2040 while giving the already rich yet another tax cut while raising taxes on what’s left of the middle class…according to their own figures! Think about it.

    Regarding the referee lockout, there has been an outcry for the NFL to hire full time referees for decades. The owners, naturally, have resisted in order to keep their costs down. It all boils down to what type of product the NFL wants to produce. The NFL has always portrayed itself as the best example of professional sports where “integrity of the shield” is paramount. You can’t do that when your quality control department works part time.

  70. amoses74 says: Sep 4, 2012 9:52 PM

    Ive been in a union for 14 years now, and I know from experience that unions protect the unproductive and drown the productive. FACT! Union members will look poorly at those who are much more productive than them, cause they want to do as little as possible to promote the hiring of more workers to boost their union numbers and get more $$$$$.

  71. bronx33 says: Sep 4, 2012 10:08 PM

    This is exactly why unions, especially their idiot leaders, stink.

  72. garyman1 says: Sep 4, 2012 10:12 PM

    Trumka makes $283K per year based on unions. One question… do you think he would be just as concerned for “player safety” if those EXACT same refs locked out were not in the Union ?
    If the answer is no (and of course it is), that makes him a hypocrite.

  73. csilojohnson says: Sep 4, 2012 10:14 PM

    All politics. Go picket if you care so much Krumpka. The safety of the players has nothing to do with the refs.

  74. thelastpieceofcheese says: Sep 4, 2012 10:15 PM

    Trunka here? Soon striking refs will be bashing replacement refs’ heads!

  75. albundy4tds1game says: Sep 4, 2012 10:33 PM

    Most of you are clueless, im in a union, i dont get paid for not working, i dont get paid holidays but i get paid well for the work i do . The company i work for makes money AND pays us well. It can be done and im willing to bet most of you blame the state of the country on politicians, unions etc. At least us union people strive to buy all we can made in America. If you want someone to blame look in the mirror at yourself driving your foreign car, shirtmade in pakistan etc. We have a rich and poor gap wider than ever because most of you dont have any sack for principal but have a nice big straw to suck whatever you can from anybody else. America is a union

  76. SparkyGump says: Sep 4, 2012 10:41 PM

    Wow garyman1! If you’re so psychic that you can reach inside Trumka’s mind to get the answer of a hypothetical scenario, maybe you should set yerself up one of dem there psychic hotlines.

    Beyond whether you’re pro or anti referee’s union, just ask yourself how much integrity do you want YOUR NFL to have?

  77. trapshoot says: Sep 5, 2012 12:41 AM

    Trunks cares only about fattening his wallet off union dues. He could care less about the NFL or it’s refs.

  78. nilspack says: Sep 5, 2012 3:41 AM

    It seems like this site’s being trolled by a bunch of brainwashed right wingers who took an economics course in college (probably failing). All the b.s. about union corruption is totally ridiculous. Thank God corporate executives and big business have never broken any laws. Who know what would happen then?
    A little bored after your awful convention I guess.

  79. jfinn5 says: Sep 5, 2012 4:03 AM

    I can’t wait when a AFC or NFC East team gets a blown call from a scab. All you union busters will change your mind and go back to your $5.00 hour job at Walmart.

  80. mnvikes7897 says: Sep 5, 2012 9:48 AM

    Afl-CIO go start a union for mC Donald’s workers and get them free cheese burgers Then go celebrate Hitlers birthday.

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