We can speculate all we want about the company "setting up" the whole
thing, etc. etc.
However, unions(AND companies) can be dumber than dirt! In Jamestown,
NY(which for many years had been a MAJOR player in furniture mfging),
Coca-Cola came in and wanted to build a new bottling facility, paying
some pretty decent wages. The "furniture kings" killed the possibility
of building IN Jamestown, but Coke built it just over the city line
anyway, and couldn't sign up employees fast enough. As to unions, in
the 70's, "Art Metal", a long time maker of office furniture, working
out of old outdated facilities, sunk the whole wad on a new factory,
better working conditions, A/C, etc.As noted, they bet the whole pot
on it, even with cash flow problems, figuring they could pull out of
it with new improved production. Well, the "union", in their infinite
idiocy, decided if the company had money for the new plant, "they"
should get some of it, and voted to strike. The company had nothing
more to give, and the idiots couldn't understand which side their
bread was buttered on, and after 6-8mo. the company just folded,
leaving a lot of unemployed workers and a nice new plant moldering.
Chamber of Commerce worked many years trying to get someone interested
in the plant, considering many businesses were leaving NY state
because of taxes.
They finally interested someone, and for a good many years Cummins
Engines have been very busy there, with people clamoring to get hired.
Now, maybe Art Metal shouldn't have dived into the deep end of the
pool without a better life preserver, but the union surely could have
done something more intelligent than shooting themselves in the foot
Indeed; that's partly my point--_if_ H-B really did want this agreement,
it doesn't seem they could have chosen a more unlikely way to go about
trying to get it.
I was gone for a while so didn't see absolutely every day's reporting
but afaik union leadership did recommend accepting even with
reservations but would have preferred to put off the vote pending
further negotiation but H-B said "take it or leave it as is; voting will
be such_and_such date".
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