I Fought the Dropkick Murphys

Dropkick MurphysBefore I enlisted in the Navy, I worked at a dozen different food establishments- mostly restaurants, but a couple of resorts and bakeries too. It was good work when I was young. It carried a skill that was easily transferrable wherever I happen to live.

One particular hotel that I applied to work at required that I join a union. I was badly in need of a job, so I wordlessly accepted their rules. For some reason, I think I paid $38 a month for the privilege. I also remember meeting the union representative right when I started working the job. She was a surly, fat lady who had me sign some documents that I hardly read.

It was at a point in my life when I was working breakfast, lunch, and dinner to make the ends meet. I would get home at eleven at night and turn around and start my day at four. For two meals, I worked at the hotel and for dinner I drove across town and worked at a fine dining restaurant. It was oppressive, but I punched through and did it for a time, before settling back to working just the restaurant. When you have to pay rent, you have to pay rent. Did the union ever do anything for me other than take my money? Hell no.

Flash forward to now. And I am looking to download the Dropkick Murphys’ Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ya. I know very little of the raucous band. So I look them up and read this:

Dropkick Murphys have been known for supporting working class and union causes, and have a strong relationship with the AFL-CIO. The band has said that they are all Democrats, and during the 2004 United States presidential election were part of Punkvoter, a political activist group dedicated to defeating George W. Bush. That year they also appeared on the Rock Against Bush, Vol. 2 compilation contributing the song “We Got the Power”.

On February 22, 2011, in support of Wisconsin workers’ rights, the band released their song “Take ‘Em Down” from the album “Going Out In Style” on their website along with creating a limited edition “Take ‘Em Down” t-shirt which will benefit the Workers’ Rights Emergency Response Fund. Two days later on the MSNBC news show, The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, “Take ‘Em Down” was used as an intro song to a news story on the Wisconsin workers protest.

Dropkick Murphys

On Saturday August 13, 2011, Dropkick Murphys issued a statement of solidarity with the 45,000 Communications Workers of America (CWA) and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) on strike from Verizon Communications, Inc

You know what, I decided I didn’t want the song. Or I’m Shipping Up to Boston, either.

8 thoughts on “I Fought the Dropkick Murphys”

  1. Amazing. I used to like them, note that “used to”. Fire truck them, if you catch my meaning. Someone should dropkick them, in the short and o’curlies.

  2. I have nothing but utter contempt for the left wing Unions within the UK. The left wing Labour party was founded over 115 years ago through the Unions. The countries main union UNITE is the largest and most powerful, it contributes approx 80% of the donations presented to the Labour party. And yesterday they were both caught rigging votes. The communist leader of UNITE, Red Len McLuskey is now wriggling, as is the Ed Milliband, the Labour Party leader.

    The police are now involved, “mind your fingers lads”…


    Yours Aye.

  3. If you want some alt psychobilly, try this little band from Texas (no, not that one) who actually would have a problem with the Murphys.

  4. Speaking of unions,
    Goodyear has a tire (tyre) factory in France. Because of the union demands and holidays, it is no longer profitable. If they close the factory, the union will sue, and win!
    So, they must continue to run a losing factory in France to placate the union.
    How fooked-up is that, eh?

  5. And this is exactly why union membership in America is down….the only ones who benefit from being in the union are the highest ranking officials….those are the people with all the benefits….it should be noted, the rank and file get nothing…and Ex Bootneck…as Britain has had a lengthy history with leftist unions (they’re all that way), they always cheat when it comes to voting….nothing they do would be possible, if they didn’t….they have to cheat to win….that’s how it works….it happens here too……k

  6. Old AF Sarge: I agree. I understand the historical need for unions, but times have changed. And now the little guy, in this case me, was getting screwed by the greedy fat-cats.
    EB: Wow, a probe into vote-rigging within the Labour Party! This is big news. Should be interesting to watch. Getting my popcorn as we speak.
    Kurt: Neat, you posted just as I posted. Rev Horton Heat, I know ’em! But I don’t have any of their stuff. Going to iTunes right now, tks.
    ChrisP: I heard this on BBC radio as I drove home one day. Truly crazy. . .
    Kris: I just grudgingly accepted my fate. Now that I am older, I am angered. I was looking to work, not pay someone to sit on their butt.

  7. NavyOne, you lucked out.

    I went to work for a BIG defense contractor in the 90’s. As an hourly worker, I was required to join the Teamsters (to be an electronic technician), which was the union that covered the department I worked in.

    The mighty Teamsters negotiated a $0.01/hour reduction in our cost of living allowance.

    1. Wow, a whole penny! But down?

      The truth is: I’ve seen first-hand that unions are not needed in many situations. I was the hard working guy getting screwed by “my” union. . .

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