Left: Locked-out workers picket the Toledo Blade
(Toledo, OH) I drove past the Blade building on a trip downtown this morning and stopped to chat with some picketing workers. The newspaper has locked out members of five of its eight unions, and has engaged in a sophisticated media campaign against its employees.
The Blade has taken the unusual step of engaging the services of retired local news anchor Jeff Heitz to narrate a series of commercials attacking its own unions over the past few months. Interestingly, Blade spokesperson Luann Sharp described the decision by union leaders to call for a boycott of the paper - after being locked out - as "escalation."
In the opinion of this pundit, the word "escalation" might be better used to describe the actions of a paper that locks out its workers, or which negatively targets them in an advertising campaign, but I digress.
Left: Security officer with video camera monitoring activity outside of the Blade building.
Also visible this morning, though uninterested in conversation, was a uniformed security agent. In his possession was a video camera, and I am now the subject of several minutes of raw security footage.
The individual pictured videotaped my vehicle as I illegally parked on a side street and as I drove away. Some might consider this to be a subtle form of intimidation, but I prefer to think that the security man is instead putting together a YouTube production.