I am still PRO-UNION, and I’ll explain that shortly. But unions have put themselves out of business with large companies by not making intelligent decisions, and of course the GREED……greed is the culprit in most cases. How can we control GREED? We can’t, no one can. The only thing anyone can do is rely on the ‘human nature’ of individual CEO’S and business owners to DO THE RIGHT THING……which of course doesn’t work. We all know that people basically have larceny in their hearts when it comes to money and usually revert to GREED. Not all of course, but MOST. Nothing you can do about it. And that’s part of the reason I AM STILL PRO-UNION…..human nature is mostly evil in the case of MONEY.
Both hubs and I come from long family history of unions. Both of our fathers were union workers, and both of us, at some point in our lives, worked for unions. We both have seen the abuse, listened to the stories of our fathers, and our relatives about unions, and have retained a wealth of information on the subject.
Watching the movie HOFFA was enlightening. It made me realize that the guy truly did have his fellow workers in mind in the beginning…..however, at some point he got greedy and filthy, and of course you all know the rest.
Union leaders are usually the ones guilty of GREED, and no, I have no answers for how to stop that….if I did, I’d offer it, but I don’t. The workers themselves are too busy supporting their families, working long hours and trying to have a life in this great country. They have no time to monitor union leaders and their GREED, and they don’t notice anything is wrong until it’s too late.
Like the Railroad for instance. I worked for the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad back in the late sixties. The union wages were out of this world for that period in time……and the benefits…..wow, unheard of! It was fabulous being paid over a hundred bucks a day to ‘type’ on the teletype machine!
Excuse me while I comprehend the photo of the TELETYPE MACHINE and how it’s making me feel ancient—–although, I am not THAT ancient……really.
Teletype machines were already ancient when I went to work for the Railroad.
But now I can easily admit the wages for beyond the worth of the job back then, and of course all of the abuse by union leaders eventually put many railroads down the crapper.
Now hubs, his dad was a steelworker earning union wages. His personal stories include workers pushing brooms for union wages, and 13 week PAID VACATIONS!—–come on, we know that wasn’t right. Again, union leader ABUSE.
Businesses cannot survive on that kind of abuse, they eventually wither and DIE…. U.S. STEEL $17 dollars an hour wage for pushing a broom? Even by today’s standards, THAT is RIDICULOUS.
So, can we really FAULT businesses who have escaped UNION WORKERS for cheaper labor?
THINK ABOUT THAT.
Union leaders must re-evaluate themselves at this point.
The stories of abuse continue on today with Teachers unions and other Manufacturing unions. There must be a better way.
I don’t think the AMERICAN WORKER can be without a UNION.
I don’t. I am solidly behind UNIONS because without unions, people suffer.
Look at the many stories of the immigrants workers being injured on bad equipment in meatpacking plants right here in AMERICA? They have no union to protect them.
People must be PROTECTED from evil, and GREED is evil in my book.
UNIONS ARE MEANT TO PROTECT THE WORKER FROM ABUSE AND GUARANTEE A ‘FAIR WAGE’ FOR THE JOB THEY PERFORM
I AM SOLID ON THAT DESCRIPTION.
WHEN IT ABUSES BUSINESS OWNERS IT ONLY HURTS THE WORKERS WHO THEN LOSE THEIR JOBS.
THERE MUST BE A BALANCE FOR ALL INVOLVED.
And on the subject of SKILLED UNIONS I am ALL THERE because skilled unions have schools, known as apprentice programs in the TRADES, you must acquire these skills in order to be hired as an operator of heavy equipment, a carpenter, a plumber, a gas-line worker……etc., etc., etc…….and yes, crooked business owners have tried hiring UNSKILLED workers for these jobs to their dismay that result in MAJOR ACCIDENTS, fires, blow-ups,etc.
SKILL IS SKILL. LAWS MUST STAY.
Especially when the job is DANGEROUS. My dad was a union Operating Engineer, and he was highly SKILLED at his job of operating gigantic cranes on building sites.
AND YES, THESE SKILLED JOBS SHOULD BE HIGHER WAGES THAN THE PERSON WHO CLEANS TOILETS AT THE LOCAL HOSPITAL…..SORRY ABOUT THAT, AND YES I’LL INCLUDE THE NOT-SO-SKILLED HAMBURGER FLIPPER…..THESE ARE NOT ‘SKILLED’ JOBS, AND IF YOU CAN’T FIGURE THAT ONE OUT, THEN I CAN’T HELP YOU.
For a hamburger flipper to earn $15 bucks an hour today in Pittsburgh, when a local truck driver is making that same wage…..nah baby nah…..can’t work, won’t work, and IS COMPLETELY UNFAIR.
WHEN EXACTLY DID ANYONE EVER SAY A HAMBURGER FLIPPER WAS A ‘CAREER’?…..never, because it is NOT A CAREER, it’s a summer job for students, or a part-time second job, nothing more.
FAIRNESS MUST APPLY.
This little TRUE STORY is not union related, however it proves that SUPPLY AND DEMAND rule the job market!
Around 2001 at our first retail specialty stand-alone store in a small shopping plaza we were located directly across from a very busy McDonalds. We always paid more than minimum wage because we wanted seasoned mall workers to apply for jobs at our store, their experience levels were worth the extra bucks; obviously it saved on training times by our higher paid store managers.
McDonalds across the street was advertising $12 an hour wages, which was unheard of at that time….why? Because they couldn’t find workers. We worried about losing our retail employees, but most of them said they liked working in our store more than getting the higher wages, so all ended well for us.
PROOF that when people are EMPLOYED it automatically causes wages to go up, not down. When there is more competition in the job market wages GO UP.
THIS FACT HAS BEEN PROVEN OVER AND OVER AGAIN. Competition is GOOD.