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Which side are you on? United we are strong! A Song By A Richmond UTR Teacher
Source labornet@labornet.org
Date 09/11/19/02:45

Which side are you on? United we are strong! A Song By A Richmond UTR Teacher


Chorus
Which side are you on?
United we are strong!

Our "leadership" is broken
Leading us by the nose.
They say, "Ya better retire fast
Or watch your health care go"

Chorus

Her fist, she waved, that Pixie
"We're gonna be strike strong"
We scratch our heads for weeks on end
And see us strung along.

Chorus

To Walnut Creek the reps do go
To a fancy big hotel.
"Rah, rah let's organize this strike!"
Then the Charter bombshell fell.

Chorus

Rep Council's full of questions
And criticisms too
All written down, collected
Out the window they all flew.

Chorus

We're agatherin' John Handcock's
Of members by the score
A meeting of the membership
Is what we're askin' for

Chorus

The members and the reps find
Themselves in disarray
Out of the dark of night it comes
That damned sellout TA.

Chorus

A member meeting stonewalled.
Again and again we fight.
Instead, three info meetings called
With no info in sight.

Chorus

The ballots are made ready
With oh such craftiness
Yes for TA or No for strike
A pickle of a mess.

Chorus

The ballots, they get counted
One dark and stormy night
Observers firmly kept at bay
"Ratified" to our fright.

Chorus

At our office we do gather
Press Pixie with demands
Re-vote, give us our meeting!
This fishiness can't stand!

Chorus

A re-count is announc'ed
Upon the union site
But when we come to monitor
we find the doors closed tight.

Chorus

Our allies on the committee
(and observers just a few)
check every noon and cranny
till a victory comes through.

Chorus

So now we stand with no TA
Our captain without a clue
Clock running fast to the year's end
What are we gonna do?

Chorus

Spring cleaning must come early
Before it's all too late
We gotta turn this ship around
There's much too much at stake!

Chorus

Our contract is the first prize
we need a union for
Health care for all that don't make us poor
Class sizes that don't floor.

Which side are you on?
United we are strong!

Nystrom Hulda
UTR Union Rep For School/C.M.T

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