Friday, February 09, 2007

Fired PL Worker Speaks His Mind

A remarkably good article by Hank Sims portrays Maxxam's rip-off of this county from the eyes of a former employee.

Last week, he said, he was called to an exit interview at PL headquarters in Scotia, where he was given the expected news. From here on, he was on his own. There would be no severance package. All the good press last month, all the commendations that the company had received for taking care of its people -- it was all bullshit from the beginning, he figured, and they must have known it was bullshit at the time.

"Those fuckers knew," he said to me. "They knew. Maybe not the rank-and-file workers, but people like Mr. O'Brien [Pacific Lumber's president]. And if he didn't know, he's not any good at his job."

11 Comments:

At 2/09/2007 05:59:00 PM, Blogger Hank Sims said...

...A remarkably good article...

Yeah, thanks for nothing, there, SAF!

Hey, have you heard -- they're even talking about selling Scotia!

 
At 2/09/2007 08:09:00 PM, Blogger Heraldo said...

Ouch, a dis from Hank!

Thanks for nothing, indeed.

And you thought bygones were bygones.

 
At 2/09/2007 08:46:00 PM, Blogger Hank Sims said...

See, here's the thing with you two jokers. A "remarkably good" article, to you, is one that happens to challenge your own thinking remarkably little, and can be considered remarkably useful in advancing your particular causes.

A "remarkably bad" article -- it could be just a bad article, but more often it is a piece of news that happens to throw a momentarily unfavorable light on things near and true to your heart. It challenges your preconceived notions to a remarkable degree, so you spend a remarkable amount of effort figuring out ways to quash it.

Not that I don't dig y'all, more or less, but that's pretty much the way it is. Just to let you know -- I'm on to your carrot-and-stick bullshit, friends.

Well, I do hope you'll pardon me for speaking like this. It's been a hellacious week. For one, I've spent the last four days fighting off the mother of all head colds. For another, I've been covering a trial every morning all week. And for another, I've been running the paper, and for another there's tons and tons more Palco stuff coming. You ain't seen nothing yet. It is, in a word, remarkable.

And after I've reported it all, you can link to it, Heraldo, and that plus the fact that four wankers will blather about it on your blog will be further evidence that the citizen media revolution is displacing the tired old head-cold-ridden media elites.

 
At 2/09/2007 11:04:00 PM, Blogger Heraldo said...

Good thing you straightened that out, Hank! I thought I was doubled edged. But now I find that all I know I learned from you!

Phew! Thank gad I didn't say I told you so.

Hope you feel better, fella.

 
At 2/10/2007 02:27:00 PM, Blogger saf said...

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At 2/10/2007 02:29:00 PM, Blogger saf said...

Do worry Hank, we already knew you could be a jerk. I didn't really take your comment seriously, I just assmed you had a splinter up your ass or something.

I link to a lot of news articles because I have a readership outside of this county who wouldn't neccessarily find this info on thier own. That is part of the purpose of this blog.

So sue me for liking an article that I believe portrays a perspective not commonly found in local media.

I'll admit that the "remarkably good article" comment was a slight jab at you Hank.

 
At 2/10/2007 03:09:00 PM, Blogger Hank Sims said...

Oh yeah? Well, go tell it to your friend the woodchuck, Treebeard.

 
At 2/10/2007 03:16:00 PM, Blogger Hank Sims said...

I'll admit that comment was a slight jab at you.

 
At 2/10/2007 09:52:00 PM, Anonymous Mous Anony said...

But if the only message environmentalists have now is 'See, we told you so' ... we should pack up and go home."

The absolute most telling line in the article. What happens now?
Does someone somewhere on the playing field yell "I'm going to Disneyland!"

 
At 2/11/2007 11:40:00 AM, Blogger saf said...

If anyone's dancing in the end zone it's Charles Hurwitz of Maxxam corp.

The workers are clearly getting screwed, logging of our precious forests will continue and who knows what will happen next?

It was clear from the beginning that this was part of Hurwitz's plan and he is probably still many steps ahead of us all in his corporate strategy.

I hope alliances can form and I hope it's not too late.

 
At 2/11/2007 05:43:00 PM, Anonymous Mous Anony said...

Alliances to do what? What do YOU think a good plan for the Humboldt economy might be? Would it include any aspect of using laid off timber workers? Or would it entail wishing them good luck and watch them move away. If it meant retraining them, what would you suggest might be the industry they would be best suited for? How about working in the woods? Who besides a logger would know how to run equipment and have knowledge and training for safety forest practices when working in a restoration economy. But if that IS the play. Who pray tell would pay for it?

 

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