Tom Perriello listens to an IUE-CWA Local 162 union member asking about automation.
Tom Perriello’s last stop in his listening tour through Roanoke was at the IUE-CWA Local 162 Roanoke headquarters where about 10 union rank and file members and union shop stewards from Verizon, ITT now the Harris Corporation, GE and Virginia Transformer peppered him with questions. Union members are not shy about asking questions.
Before Perriello arrived Jack Roland Chief Steward with Local 82162 at Harris Corporation said he wanted to know how Perriello views the future of the working class. Where does he see unions place in the future.
Jeff Moran, who works for Harris Corporation (again formerly ITT
TEA is the abbreviation for “Taxed Enough Already” and the crowd of several hundred took it seriously. no place to park, gauntlet for cars driving down Wiley Drive, horns honking, people cheering, sirens blaring, and someone yelling through a bullhorn “down with the Federal Reserve” – signs, signs, every signs!
Bonnie Mann of Roanoke said, “I did not vote for this.”
While Russell and Judy McDaniel of Salem were reserved explaining that there is a groundswell occuring all over the country. “We cannot stand what they are doing in Washington – they will spend us dry,” said McDaniel.
His wife Judy was holding a small cloth doll that she said represented their 9 grandchildren who will have to pay the country’s huge debt down the road.
The Roanoke City Republican Chair was handing out Bob McDonnell for Governor bumper stickers as seen here. Bill McClure who was having an online “facebook” battle with journalist Gene Marrano on this topic just before coming to the TEA party held his homemade sign.
Troy Bird, Republican challenger for the House of Delegates in the 11th District was onhand with his Communications Director, David O’Neal. Somewhere was Melvin Williams, Republican candidate for the 17th District as on twitter he said he was on his way.
There was someone passing out an email with the subject “Stop Financial Terrorism.” It was about “Naked Short-Selling” saying that the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission that oversees trading legalities) has “failed to deliver” in its duties. Naked short-selling is where you sell stock you don’t own (but shares that are suppose to exist). You bet that the price of the stock is going to drop when you buy them back later. However, the shares should exist somewhere so they can be borrowed from someone who actually owns them …. hence when the short-sale takes place and there are NO shares existing to back it up the result is “a fail to deliver.”
Judy McDaniel with doll representing her grandchildren.
Judy and Russell McDaniel of Salem
TEA Party crowd listens to speaker
TEA Party crowd covers the bridge.
The Red White and Blue
TEA Party crowd lines Wiley Drive
Adam Boitnott hands out Bob McDonnell for Governor bumper stickers.