posted on Apr, 16 2014 @ 11:02 AM
Unions, with properly executed contracts, can be excellent.
For instance, if a worker is a union member...
They have the ability to file grievances and fight for their rights to work, keep their employment, or strike if a company decides to take more than
they agreed to take. They have strength in numbers and work in relatively safe conditions. Also, their union membership provides coverage for unsafe
work practices and basically all company wrong doings.
There is alot more, but I want to discuss some negatives first.
Now with that same worker and in today's economy/society...
Everyone in the same job class gets paid the same amount. So if Joe Schmoe wants to sleep all day, and you work all day, he still gets paid the same
amount. There is no benefit for working harder than the next guy. This leads to overall apathy and laziness. No matter how hard you work, there is
nothing "extra" in it for you. Also, companies continue to walk all over union contracts these days. They bring in outside contractors to do union
jobs and lay off the union guys to save money. It seems to be common practice around my neck of the woods.
Unions today are NOT they same as years ago. Money has been corrupting them from the start and their influence seems to diminish in the company but
not politics. Go figure. Companies have added clauses to contracts that enable them to do things today that would cause uproars years ago. The older
union guys are allowing it to happen. They just give away the very rights that were fought and decided on decades ago, in lieu of keeping their jobs.
No one wants to fight anymore.
I say, at one time unions protected the people, but now they only protect money.