posted on Dec, 23 2010 @ 10:19 AM
The problem with unions is that they are not exactly for worker's rights. This varies greatly from union to union, however, a number of unions work
in this way:
You are a brick-layer. You lay bricks. You will lay no more than 800 bricks in a day. Laying 801 bricks in a day can compromise your union
membership. They need someone to hold a ladder for another contractor on the site, you are not a ladder-holder, and therefor cannot do it.
That's -way- beyond worker's rights. It has swung from being a way for workers to have fair compensation and protection from abusive employers to
being a different set of arbitrary Stalinist regulations. It has become a way for workers to demand unfair compensation for their services. Sure -
everyone wants to work above minimum wage. But you don't deserve $25 an hour for ratcheting bolts on the assembly line, getting paid for 8-hours of
work but having 3-hours of breaks. Sorry - when a kid with common sense and lacking any certificate of formal education can do your job with a day or
two of OJT to bring them up to speed... you should feel lucky to get $9.50 an hour with benefits. At that point - your only discriminators are
personality, work ethic, accountability/punctuality.
Unions are not inherently a bad thing - but they tend to overstep their bounds and original purpose. It's the common problem of every institution -
an institution seeks to set new goals as it accomplishes them - raising average hourly wage by $5 took two years, now let's raise it by another $5.
In some cases, more extreme groups need an enemy to fear and/or attack in order to maintain cohesion.
The unions were formed as progressive groups from the beginning, not as oversight groups. This is their primary flaw - as many still retain a
'progressive' agenda despite the vast majority of injustices they were formed to combat being extinguished. This leads to making rules and goals to
achieve simply for the sake of achieving new goals and keeping membership up. Now that they have power - they are afraid to let it go.
Again - this is not saying that all unions are bad. This is simply telling it the way it is. Many unions have lost sight of their original goals and
have swung the opposite way - becoming the manipulative, gerrymandering thugs they were formed to combat. While they may still represent workers in
claims and the like - they continue to push beyond reasonable bounds, and in order to maintain their authority, have restricted the actions (and
rights) of their members within the work-place.
For that reason - I will never join a worker's union. I can represent myself well enough, and realize when I'm getting the shaft. I will discuss
this matter with my employers, and seek alternate employment if I feel it necessary after the conversation has been had. I don't need a union to
protect me so long as I adhere to their rules. I'm a believer in "we're all here to do the job, let's get it done so we can move on." Unions
believe in "you are here to do this job and not to be exploited to do jobs not in your contract." The two views are, more often than not, mutually