A union report says thousands of workers at Los Angeles International Airport didn't know what to do when a gunman opened fire last year in a terminal.Really? They were poorly prepared to deal with a workplace shooting? You *do* realize that workplace shootings aren't exactly a new thing, right? I distinctly remember the slew of post office shootings in the 1980s; I'm certain that they weren't the first in a line of workplace violence. Heck, Charles Whitman climbed the clocktower in 1966. It's rather hard to say that workplace violence is a new thing.
The SEIU United Service Workers West report obtained Friday by The Associated Press says sky caps, wheelchair attendants and others weren't prepared for an evacuation and were hampered by poor communication.
And in the "How Can A Union Help?" section, here's the number one function of a union, according to the SEIU:
# 1 - Working together, union members have the strength to win better wages, affordable health care, a secure retirement, and safer workplaces.[emphasis mine]
Got that? The NUMBER ONE function of a union is to promote a safer workplace. Yet here's the SEIU claiming that union workers were unprepared on how to deal with a workplace shooter, despite decades of evidence that it could happen. And they're using this shooting to agitate for more training now - but no one's asking why this wasn't a part of training already. Schools have been running scenarios since at least 1999 and Columbine. Yet no one has thought to train the workers at airports how to deal with workplace violence?
And wait just a minute. Wasn't there a shooting at LAX a few years ago? Oh, wait, yes there was. So, more than a decade before the most recent shooting, there was a shooting at the same airport, and yet no training program was put in place? No one from the union was agitating for a safer workplace through better training in 2002? Despite a previous shooting, there was no plan for evacuation or communication at the airport? I find that hard to believe.
Or is this simply the union clawing for some - any - semblance of relevance in the modern age?
That is all.
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