Does the holiday traffic seem a little less hectic this season? Thank a union member. Did the snow seem a little brighter on your way into work this morning? The organizing power of organized labor may have helped with that.
That’s right, Rhode Island. We cut their pensions and they repaid us by giving us a (so far) December-free of John DePetro! WPRO’s notoriously nasty shock jock has been in exile for 10 days and counting since a labor-led campaign put pressure on Alex and Ani to stop supporting his misogynistic shock jock schtick with advertising dollars.
This is a bi-partisan, ecumenical, everyone-but-the-bean-counters-at-Cumulus can enjoy Christmas gift to the Ocean State. Corporate radio can bombard us with endless Christmas carols on loop instead of employing live disk jockeys, but this year at least it won’t be calling liberal women activists whores. It’s not quite peace on earth and goodwill toward all people, but a December free of John DePetro is at the very least a step in the right direction.
If you’d like 2014 to be more like December 2013, sign the petition here. Consider it an economic referendum on what you want the marketplace of ideas to look like.