Ed Schultz Leans Forward At a Non-Union Shipyard.

By Don Irvine March 13, 2011

Politico reports that liberal MSNBC talk show host Ed Schultz shot a network promo at a non-union shipyard.

Workers at Colanna’s Shipyard in Norfolk, VA, which bills itself as the oldest family-owned, private shipyard in the U.S., were surprised to see Ed Schultz, Spike Lee and an entourage of about 50 people appear on site Wednesday to shoot the next set of promos for MSNBC’s “Lean Forward” campaign.

“We are not a union yard,” a shipyard executive told POLITICO. “Never have been. Don’t want to be…Ed Schultz and this shipyard just don’t match.”

Norfolk was chosen because it’s Schultz’s hometown. Other locations for the promo shoot included Schultz’s high school, a Ford factory that shut down a few years ago, and Doumar’s, an old-fashioned drive-in restaurant famous for its barbeque sandwiches and waffle cones.

According to local station WAVY-TV, the unscripted, documentary-style ads will focus on “jobs, outsourcing and unions.”

Tanya Hayre, director of media relations at MNSBC and NBC, said the crew was not aware of the shipyard’s union status.

“It was a last-minute decision to shoot at the shipyard and our crew was not aware of its employment policies,” she said.

The assumption being because it was a shipyard it must be unionized of course.
Somehow I don’t think that promo will actually make it on the air lest the non-union workers remind Schultz that they aren’t on the same political wavelength.

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2 Responses to Ed Schultz Leans Forward At a Non-Union Shipyard.

  1. I have been trying to find these figures myself and ran across your blog. Very interesting these numbers and it is no surprise that the unions do not want everyone to know how much they make and their benefits. If it is this hard to find then they are hiding something. I say get enough guts and show us your salaries and benefits, but of course they won’t. I have a friend who works for a big company and he complains all the time how the CEO makes this and that, but he will not share with me his benefits package. His salaryis 23.52 an hour and he can get 20 hours of overtime each week if he wants it.
    I teach and I have a specialist degree and I do not even make the average salary a wisconsin teacher makes and our package is not very good. I teach in Kansas. I love my job and I really do like my pay. I am very lucky to be teaching and doing what I love. So, the pay is fine as my work and what I do for kids is priceless.
    Take care and keep spreading the truth about unions in wisconsin.


    • a12iggymom says:

      @Jerry Mitchell
      Thank you for the commitment to the future generation, unlike the cry babies making $100,000 a year and say it ain’t enough!!! No one ever asked them to make slave wages but when their “bosses” average $30,000 something is outta wack! Combat troops make $19,000 to get shot at in Afghanistan and the gaul of these thugs is appauling….


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