Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher, who achieved brief celebrity status during the 2008 election following a street encounter with then candidate Barack Obama, is now a member of the United Auto Workers and working for Chrysler.
According to the Toledo Blade, Wurzelbacher posted on his Facebook page and blog that he was recently hired for a union job at a Jeep plant and, although he opposes public unions, he's not an enemy of private unions like the UAW.
“In order to work for Chrysler, you are required to join the Union," he wrote. "In this case UAW. There’s no choice — it’s a union shop — the employees voted to have it that way and in America that’s the way it is.”
On his blog, joeforamerica.com, Wurzelbacher wrote, "I was just recently hired on at Chrysler. Can a conservative work safely and soundly in a union environment – in a shop filled with union workers, activists, voters and life-long supporters of the Democrat Party? You betcha. Yes, I have a website that puts out conservative news. Yes, I am part owner of a gun company. Yes, I’m a Republican who was cast into the limelight for having the temerity to confront Barack Obama on the question of redistributing wealth… But I’m a working man and I’m working."
According to Wurzelbacher, within days of starting his new job, he was called a "teabagger" by a fellow employees:
I had three days of orientation, and now I’m “on the job” over here at Chrysler and on Day 4, I’m outside on a break smoking a cigarette and right on cue – some guy calls me a “teabagger.
Now, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that Democrats and liberals, who are supposed to so tolerant and enlightened regarding homosexuals have for three or four years now, have been using a gay slur to describe people who they think are associated with the Tea Party. “Tea Bagger” has traditionally been a derogatory slur used to intimidate, put down, humiliate and otherwise taunt, smear, bully or just discriminate against gays – usually gay men – based on a sex act that gay men apparently made popular.
Decorum prevents me from describing it – they got this thing called “Google” now for that – but suffice it to say that the double-standard for what Democrats can say and what conservatives can say continues unabated, but still I thought to myself, did this guy think I’m gay, or was he making a statement of my political affiliation?
Wurzelbacher added that most workers have been "cool" with him and that "I am happy that Chrysler has given me a job, I only hope the UAW lets me keep it."