The company I worked for at the time went bankrupt on two separate occasions, once, while I was a member of the International Garment Workers Union. I took my paycheck to the bank and they wouldn’t cash it. Even though I paid union dues, the union could do nothing for me. Eventually we got our money and our jobs back. Many of the people I worked with were lazy, I worked circles around them. The union steward spoke to me about trying to stay “at rate” instead of going “over” the hourly rate on the production line. She said I was making other union members look bad. This confused me. Shouldn’t the goal have been to produce as much as possible to increase profits for the company?
When the time came for raises we all got the same amount. That wasn’t fair, I worked twice as hard as everyone in my department and I deserved more. My hard work paid off in the end, the company saw what a hard worker I was and they offered me a position. Had I stuck with the union I might still be working the same dead end job. The company offered opportunity and paid me what I was really worth.
Randy stated that my grandparents and parents worked for unions and they were able to provide well for their families. That’s true but isn’t it also true that if no union positions were available that they would have found non-union jobs and still provided well for their families? And maybe they would have had even more opportunity? I would like to think so.
Maybe I worked for a bad union or maybe I’ve attended so many union avoidance classes that my opinion is now skewed. I think unions had a place and a time and I believe they once were a necessity, but I don’t believe that’s the case today. I believe in “survival of the fittest” while unions try to keep everyone alive, the weak as well as the fit.
If you work for a union and like it, more power to you. Thankfully (some of us) live in the USA where we are free to make our own decisions and to express our opinions. And because I’m an equal opportunity employer I would like to give Randy (or anyone else) the floor. Send me your experiences or feelings
(for or against) on unions and I will be happy to print.
British Word of the Day - Wobbler
Throwing a wobbly or wobbler to our British friends means to have a fit. In a sentence it might go something like this, “The child threw a wobbler
when mum said no more candy” or “The union steward threw a wobbler when she saw me unloading the truck.”
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