Picketers And Saratoga Springs Police Show What The Word “Class” Means

Blogger And Picketers

Members of the International United Electrical Workers and the Communications Workers of America have been on strike in Waterford now for eighty-two days against Momentive.  I have discussed the details of this job action in another blog.  The company was bought from General Electric by Apollo Global Management which is run by Leon Black and Steven Schwartzman.  These are two of the wealthiest men on Wall Street which makes them two of the wealthiest men on earth.

After successfully cutting wages and benefits in a previous contract with the unions they now want to cut health benefits for both current employees and retired employees as well as cut retirement benefits among other give backs.

This evening (Monday, January 23, 2017) the employees set up a picket line at Jack G. Boss’s home off Meadowbrook Road.  Mr. Boss, who is the CEO of Momentive, had a compensation package of $5,418,611.00 in 2015.  Picture of Mr. Boss.

Joe Levy and I went out to see what was going on.

Everything was rather quiet in the cold night until a man driving an Audi with his children in the car stopped in front of the union members holding a banner.  Much of this incident was caught on video by channel 13. One of the strikers approached the car and this elegantly dressed gentleman got rather ugly.  To my amazement, in spite of the fact that there were approximately fifty men from the unions there, he got out of his car appearing to be interested in a fight.  If you find this hard to believe, watch the video.

The Guy In The Audi and his son

What was most impressive was the restraint of the union members and the excellent job done by the two city police officers who were present.  The police officers got this gentleman  back in his car and patiently urged him to leave.  This was another time I was very proud to be living in Saratoga as I watched our city’s officers work to defuse the situation.  The man continued to be belligerent with the police.   I couldn’t hear it all but I did hear him ask the police officer, “Do you know who my wife is?”  “I’d like your name.”  “How long have you been a policeman?” (seventeen years he was told). 

The police officer pointed out that the man had children in the car and suggested he should  take them home.  None of this seemed to do much good.  I cannot recall exactly how the police officer put it but in a very dignified and firm voice he sent the message to the man that if he did not leave action would be taken.  The man finally left. 

The man’s  license plate was “Joe 14”.   If anyone recognizes this man I would very much like to know who he is and who his wife is who apparently is someone “important.”

Other than that, the event was all very peacefulWe left around 6:30.  The event was to end at 7:00.


10 thoughts on “Picketers And Saratoga Springs Police Show What The Word “Class” Means”

  1. Good for you John. Forgot about this — otherwise I would have been there.

    Good interview by channel 13 with simple, powerful message from that union rep.


  2. Good for you John. Forgot about this — otherwise I would have been there. What an A-hole! Union guy deserves much credit for not taking the bait and delivering his simple but powerful message to Channel 13. Also good that you give the Saratoga cops credit for defusing the situation.

    I suspect we have many “Joes” in town now — one percenters who made a bundle in the financial “industry” and have been moving into all those 800K condos that Sonny B. has been building.


    1. Nothing but class exhibited by The officer in calming this situation and not letting it get out of hand. How a senior VP for a company that wins the corporate embarrassment award for 2016 can act like he should give lessons on how Unions ruined Jobs very much displays what a egomaniac he must be.
      Many more statements by this this person can be possibly attributed to different reasons but it would certainly make sense not to bring them up without proof.


  3. JOE 14,….and to think there are 13 ahead of this knuckle head….from this day forward he will known as the “Mayor of MeadowBrook”….a fine example of the good life and a big fan of our Mayor!


  4. Well, excuse us, Mr. Suspenders who is an alumni of Paine Webber, Morgan Stanley, etc etc.
    We had no idea how important you and your wife are.
    But remember, there is no worse thing a person can say to a police officer than “Do you know who I am?” or in this case “Who my wife is?” The good police officers don’t really give a crap.


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