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I received about twenty emails about this story (different media outlets around Detroit are writing about it), and I read about it on Michelle Malkin's Blog and Lilek's Bleat.

The UAW leadership has lost it's freakin' mind. 

UAW Adds Stipulation To Parking For Reservists - Foreign Cars, Vehicles Bearing Bush Bumper Stickers Not Allowed

A parking agreement between the UAW and Marine reservists may have taken a political turn.

A courtesy policy that had been in place for years suddenly changed Tuesday.

Marine reservists from the Marine Corps Reserve Center who were allowed to park in the lot at the UAW Solidarity House on Jefferson Avenue in Detroit found that parking privileges had been revoked.

Local 4 reported that foreign-made cars and vehicles with Bush-Cheney bumpers stickers aren't welcome in the lot.
The UAW responded to the change of policy in a statement:

"While the 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 the members of the UAW."...

And here's the reaction from two Marine Officers:

Parking Feud

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U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Joe Rutledge told Action News, "We received a phone call from the UAW, who support us by letting us park down at their facility. They called and said they weren’t going to allow or they would turn away some vehicles."


As U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Lee Cooper explained, "We’re very appreciative, but on the other hand, it’s kind of discriminating between, let’s say a lance corporal going through college can only afford a 15-year-old vehicle and it happens to be a Nissan."

While they have a right to decide who gets to park in their parking lot, they are certainly cutting off their noses to spite their faces.  It seems like a petty issue at first, but what other kind of anti-Bush pressure does the union use (even on it's own members)?  If anything, this will not endear UAW products to the Marines and the rest of the military (and this blogger is actually going to buy a new vehicle in the next three or four months).

In case you wanted to contact the UAW about this issue (that I'm sure they'd like to resolve quickly), Randolph sends this info:

"Solidarity House" turns out to the the UAW International Headquarters.  Their phone number is (313) 926-5000.  The UAW president is Ron Gettelfinger; he works at Sentinel House, and his fax number is 313-331-4957.