- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The conservative hero known as “Joe the Plumber” announced on Facebook this week that he’s landed a union job in Ohio with Chrysler Group LLC.

The Toledo Blade reported that Samuel “Joe” Wurzelbacher, who launched into the spotlight for challenging then-Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on the street in 2008 about his tax plans, defended his new position in the online posting, explaining he does not oppose private unions.

“In order to work for Chrysler, you are required to join the Union, 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,” he wrote, the Blade reported.

Mr. Wurzelbacher said he’s already been mocked at the job site.

“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,” he added.