Peer Pressure, Hawaiian Style

In Hawaii news today (22 December 2009), President Mirkwood of Central Pacific State University announced that, since the faculty union of CPSU declined to accept pay cuts, furloughs, or layoffs as had other state employees (the Governor and most upper management not included), she would seek to impose 6.7% cuts to faculty salaries effective 1 January 2010.

The CPSU faculty members, whose pay levels have only just recovered from the hits they took the last time Hawaii’s economy went south, and which still do not recover the costs of their education, have made known, through their union, their intention to resist this move, as they resisted the initial proposal.

Public reaction?

Your Friendly Neighborhood Amoeba quotes a typical response from a newspaper’s online comment section:

Fire them all. We don’t need CPSU.

Too late. I’m already gone.


This Email Just In From My Amoeba


This morning (10 December 2009), Your Friendly Neighborhood Amoeba was riding his bicycle to work, when he pulled up behind a small truck that was stopped at a red light.

Printed in red letters on the back of this vehicle (upper left corner) were these words.

How’s My Driving?
[Phone number]
We Reward Safe Driving

A wonderful example of corporate responsibility in these tough times. Right?


Well, maybe.

Did I mention what kind of truck this was?

It was an armored car.

So of course this company rewards safe driving. The drivers surely belong to the Teamsters, and their union isn’t about to let its members work for free.