I just got an email from my mother, my stepfather is at work this morning, and the shop is full of union reps to make sure that the man that is bumping my stepfather out of a job, doesn't get mistreated.
Of course my stepfather is a card carrying Union member who pays his dues, but who is there to protect him? It begs the question, whose. . . how to I put this delicately?. . . whose rear is this guy kissing?
There is one person that is on my stepfather's side. A union rep that is trying to get him some severance pay.
On the plus side of all this, the tension in the shop and within the union is so high, that this situation isn't bound to happen again.