A Mobilizer subscriber responds to The Arc of Monroe County story

Copy taken from The Mobilizer dated February 15, 2013:

“Hi Erin,

I am appalled at the Mobilizer story about ARC of Monroe, Permanent Solution, Inc., and Ricardo Torres, the former union organizer.  I am tempted to send him email quoting Jack London’s “Ode to a Scab.” London wrote, The modern strikebreaker sells his birthright, his country, his wife, his children, and his fellow men for an unfulfilled promise from his employer, trust, or corporation.”

The email address of Ricardo Torres, rtorres@pslabor.com is available on his company’s website.  Would others want to join in sending him email messages quoting parts of London’s ode? To sell out to the bosses in such a way may be legal, but is is morally repugnant, and worth speaking out about.”

Thank you for your response!  For others who would like to share their thoughts, Mr. Torres’ email is included in the above message.  Or, feel free to send other responses to me by replying to the Mobilizer.  For those who missed the story last week, here’s what I wrote:

**NOTE FROM THE EDITOR**: This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Permanent Solutions in the Rochester area.  Just to give you an idea of the type of outfit this is, allow me to give you a little background on the company.  The founder and CEO’s name is Ricardo Torres.  He began his career as a union organizer and ended up as a high-ranking official with the Teamsters and later for the Steelworkers.  He brags about his “inside knowledge” of how unions think and operate, and claims that he founded Permanent Solutions after leaving unions due to his experience of the “unethical world that unions created.”

He worked within labor unions between 1978 and 2001….he certainly didn’t seem to mind taking the salary paid for by the sweat off of union members’ backs for 23 years, did he?  The website continues to spell out the services they offer to employers: training, consulting and public speaking seminars, spilling the secret inside details of the “Big Labor Machine.”  Torres uses his 23 years working with Labor to promote his scab operation, helping Fortune 500 businesses destroy organizing attempts.  He claims that his program helps “raise levels of employee engagement and morale that promote positive employee relations without the need for third party representation.”  I wonder how the employees feel after Permanent Solutions has been in their place of employement?  I would bet that if a survey were conducted, one would hardly see the “boost in morale.”

Check out the website for yourself–pslabor.com/Default.aspx–and let us know what you think.  It’s companies like these that require labor to stick together and continue our work not just for our own union members, but for the benefit of other workers out there who are trying to form collective bargaining units.  It’s their right as citizens who go to work every day.  Remember: in 1776, collective bargaining gave us America.

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