posted on Feb, 25 2011 @ 08:45 AM
I come from a background of Union members. My Dad and Grandad were proud members of the Carpenters Union. My Grandpa and Great Grandpa were life
long Coalminers. I can definitely say that their union memberships allowed them to work better jobs and receive better pay in most instances. It
gave them a voice in the direction their professional futures took.
As a kid, I was taught why unions were necessary and how they had helped our families and other families like us. I heard all the horror stories of
how the WV coalminers were mistreated and worked to death. How the mine owners "OWNED" the miners, literally, scripting their pay and charging
outrageous amounts for their housing and necessities, which could only be paid for in the coalmines own "script".
It was a hard won battle when the unions came in and these free slaves were given basic work rights.
Now with that said, I can say from my own observations, that it appears the unions which were such a saving grace in the beginning, seem to have grown
into behemoths which are beginning to resemble the bully employers of the past. The unions have grown to a "be all take all" mentality. What
started as fighting for basic workers rights and better environments, appears to me to have grown into, in some cases, obtaining the best of all
benefits, pay and hours, the cost be damned. I think there is definitely a need for workers to have a voice and obtain the best available for them
and their families. But reason needs to temper choice.
Our economy and the financial state of affairs in our country is hurting. People are hurting. Some like to point out that this is the individuals
fault. In some cases yes, but, frankly, I couldn't spend a trillion dollars. WE got to this point over time thru poor choices of our governments,
our societies and ourselves. We have to get out in the same manner of better choices of our governments, our societies and ourselves.
It is necessary to say, "Yes, there will be NO cost of living raises...Yes, you will have to pay a higher percentage of your benefit costs..."
"Yes, I am willing to cinch in my belt financially, as one of the many to ride out this lean time...Yes, I would rather all of us be working for a
piece of the pie, rather than a few of us carving it up for ourselves." I am not talking socialism or division of other peoples wealth to those who
don't have it. Rather I am saying, you don't have to have a gilded toilet seat when a standard one sufficiently suits the purpose.
Now, as pertaining to the situation in Wisconsin, I think this is pure and simple a power ploy. If either political side really wanted to work this
out they could. Underhanded techniques used by both sides only show how utterly ridiculous their thinking is. The Democrats refuse to go to work
because they know they don't have the votes to prevent passage. The Republicans work out a voting ploy in the assembly that railroads the vote. The
main point is, the people of Wisconsin and now Ohio, Rhode Island and more, must determine if their governments are truly working in their best
interests or in the interests of BIG business. Who stands to gain from the thrust of these actions, is it the overall populace and the economy, or
the pocketbooks of business and politically motivated individuals?
Don't let union loyalty or government fearmongering color your good sense. Review ALL the facts and make up your OWN minds. Fight for the survival
of your families, your societies, your states, and your country. Sometimes, winning (surviving), does not mean coming out on top the victor.
Sometimes it means WORKING TOGETHER towards a common goal so the majority can survive. A house divided, cannot stand.