UAW stops Marines from using parking lots on weekends

Parking Feud

Another “we support the the troops…BUT” moment:

It all started with the cars some Marines drove, and what was on them.

The words that have some U.S. Marines in shock came from the man in charge of security at the UAW Solidarity House, on Jefferson in Detroit. For a number of years now, dozens of Marine reservists have been thankful to park in the UAW’s lot for weekend training with no problem at all – until now.

Marines at nearby Marine Corps Reserve Center say on Tuesday morning, the director of security at the UAW told them that while they support the troops, Marines driving foreign vehicles or sporting a President George Bush bumper sticker were no longer welcome to park there.

Gotta love the unions. Just to make sure there’s no misunderstanding, they also released a statement which reads

“While reservists certainly have the right to drive non-union made vehicles and display bumper stickers touting the most anti-worker, anti-union president since the 1920s, that doesn’t mean they have the right to park in a lot owned by members of the UAW.”

That’s magnanimous of them to recognize that reservists “have the right to drive non-union made vehicles” and I’ll return the favor by recognizing that the union has the right to choose who gets to park on its property.

Now that we’re all done recognizing the obvious, I’d also like to point out that this reflects poorly on the UAW. Well, maybe that’s obvious, as well. To most of us.

The union has reasserted its power by keeping reservists from parking on an otherwise-empty parking lot. Don’t mess with them. (via FR)

UPDATE: Blackfive has more.


  1. I’d say that the marine reservists have the right to not defend a union member’s freedom to form a union. Well, seems fair.

  2. Great! Thanks for the non-support! Another reason besides poor quality not to buy a UAW made car. I’m sure most Union members would be furious about this. Their commi leaders, however, do not share their values.

  3. Chad:You should get the marines to change their oath so that they only defend people that agree with you. that would be fair. P.S the marines should start buying ford thunderbirds instead of foreign cars,

  4. hanks for the marines/uaw article,I promptly went to the repoting newspapers homesite,which was kind enough to have an opinion section.I let them know I support my military way over and above thier paychecks.Obviously many hundreds of others did too.This morning they have reversed and apologized for the assinine stance they had taken.