Which is why the unions have fought so hard against RTW and for the
end of secret voting on unions. They want a card system that will
allow them to force the workers to sign and then force the union of
Very well said! The unions had a very important part in our history
but they have drastically overplayed their role and now they are
seeing everyone, including the workers, turn against them.
I worked a long time in Indiana. Worked for one employer who made
immense efforts to remain union-free by staying on top of wage and
benefit scales. It was a good company to work for. I had a friend,
long ago, who worked in a union co., also Indiana....he was out on
strike for a LONG time, can't remember the time now but do remember that
we figured that the $.10/hour they were striking for would take 35 years
to recover the wages lost on strike!
I worked through a reorganization (welcome, to me) that pushed quite a
few older (dead wood) employees into retirement....folks who hadn't had
a new idea since the day they were hired. I had sympathy for them at
the time, as the fear was palpable. OTOH, I have always been loyal to
my employer, as I figure unless they are crooks that it benefits all of
us to work hard and remain current. At co. #2, my dept was going to
absorb an HR position when the HR employee retired; my two co-workers
quit rather than take on the extra work without a raise. The two were
replaced by ONE new INEXPERIENCED person whom I trained. We made the
new HR function FLY and I got one heck of a good raise.
I tend to be rather "liberal" (in today's definition) but rather like
the idea of RTW, as it keeps both parties on their toes. If employer is
screwing me over, I'll join the union. Auto workers (and others) have
screwed themselves. I've also worked in HR enough to see all the ways
that people f--- themselves and coworkers whilst f------ their employer.
American Airlines is just the newest poster child for union idiocy. All
of the other airlines had gone through bankruptcy, had shed the old
union contract and were making money. AA hadn't and as such was losing
AA had gone to the unions on a number of occassions and asked for
concessions similar to what had taken place at other airlines. Unions
refused and AA filed bankruptcy. So, instead of talking with AA and
having a voice in how the downsizing was managed, the unions said no and
yesterday AA announced 15K layoffs.
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Irrelevant. Freedom OF association also includes freedom FROM
association. If you had a choice between making twice as much money, or
having your constitutional rights violated, which would you pick?
IMHO, modern unions have morphed into political parties. THAT is why I
never joined the union where I worked, during the parts of my career
where I was eligible to be part of the bargaining unit. Of course, not
paying dues, I would never have asked them for services- fair is fair.
Didn't seem to bother them- they made me their rep on a couple
employment review panels back before that was mechanized, and printed my
anti-drug-testing diatribe in their newsletter.
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