Originally posted by LadySkadi
New data released by BLS suggest shift in union membership from private to public sectors.
New data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show that a majority of American union members now work for the government. The pattern of
unions adding members in government while losing members in the private sector accelerated during the recession. The typical union member now works in
the Post Office, not on the assembly line.
And here we are, 2 years later, with effectively the same thing.
(There, how's that for a segue-way )
I don't think it's a coincidence that Government jobs are the most unionized, while political donations by unions are more then ever. If anyone
needs proof of what unions are really all about, there's your answer.
They can put whatever spin on it they want, the fact of the matter is that the workers are not their priority. That's not why they do what they do.
They do it for political influence. They're in it for the power and those links are proof.
I've been in the workforce for 30 years now, from everything to concrete restoration to proofreading, and through all the jobs I've ever worked,
only 1 has been a union shop. The Revlon Corp. ( Yet I'm never n HBA.....go figure) That's also the only place I've ever worked where it seemed
that twice as much work could have gotten done had it not been for the union bogging everything down. Sometimes I wondered how that plant even managed
to produce anything.
Aside from the political angle, what I see are unions that are supposed to be intermediaries between workers and management. There's the argument
that unions breed complacency among workers vs. unions looking out for the workers' basic rights. Again, I've been in the workforce long enough to
see that workers expect more money for less work. More so now then ever. They show up for the paycheck and that's about it. That is what they feel
their right is, so they want unions to stand up for them. That is the unions job, right?
You push people to work a bit harder and they get upset about it. If you don't have the wherewithal it takes to see what a descent days work is worth
when put up against what your hourly wage is, you're not going to last very long in ANY job. But unions don't see it that way because that's not
where there priority is. Again, check both links. I'm in the camp where wanting a third party like a union to solve your problems for you, in and of
itself, breeds complacency. If a union tells workers to go on strike and picket outside your place of employment, I have one question for you: Why do
you need someone else to tell you what to do, and PAY them for it? Talk about a waste of money. And then you complain that you don't get paid for
what you feel you're worth. I were the boss of people like that, I'd pay them the minimum as well because it's painfully obvious that they don't
have a mind of their own.
If 80% of the people you work with all think things are unfair, what's keeping you from walking out the door en masse on your own? What do you think
they're going to do, hire and train enough replacements to where the whole incident doesn't effect their bottom line negatively for the fiscal year?
Highly doubtful. You want to shut a business down, that's the way to do it because it's going to become crystal clear at that point who is in
control. The workers. It is a last resort though. People really do need to get off their soft side and speak for themselves. The best way for 2 people
to "negotiate" is to do it on their own behind closed doors with no outside influences. Influences that don't have the best interest of either
party in mind anyway.
If you can't discuss business calmly, rationally, in a mature fashion and professionally while taking the other sides' opinion into consideration (
which is the most important part in ANY negotiation), a union isn't going to help. That's not their job.
Bottom line.....unions are a worthless waste of money. Don't work for them.