This morning, Wall Street Journal Markets reporter and union bigwig Jim "E.S." Browning sent around an email in anticipation of new owner Rupert Murdoch's visit to the offices today. Apparently, the union sent around these signs last week, to make their feelings about the takeover known. (Aww. It's the little gestures that really count!) But it seems that they've all been torn down.

Jim wrote:

Perhaps in honor of the fact that Rupert Murdoch is expected to inspect his new domain today (even before he has paid for it...), someone has ripped down most of the Show Us The Money signs that we had so assiduously posted. It would be a shame for Mr. Murdoch to miss seeing our work. So I have attached links to the signs. If everyone would just put up a few around his or her cube, and on the overhead lights, and on the walls, we can hope that Mr. Murdoch will be properly welcomed. If you use extra tape, they will be harder to rip down.

We also resume bargaining today — all the more reason to demonstrate to our masters that we haven't gone away. Many thanks.