Originally posted by Selfsecurity
reply to post by abeverage
I wouldnt really want it to collapse... Although if there is ANY hope of rebuilding a middle class in America, it unfortunetly will have to come from
retail. I hope they unionize, get the pay rates, and human rights they deserve. The company can more then afford it. Who knows, maybe someday we will
all be trying to get on at Wally world so we can afford to have nice things.
I have to agree -- we don't make or build things in America anymore (well, not like we used to). I don't think anyone on either side of the fence
could argue we don't need a strong middle class.
I do believe, however, that companies like Walmart could be used to save the middle class. Some retailers actually look at their employees as
investments. Costco is a good example of this. Sure, Coscto makes a profit, but it compensates it's employees fairly well, and people work there
hapily for years.
I'm divided on unions. In some respects I have benefitted from mine. The union puts some of my money into a "legal trust" that I can use yearly. If I
need a will drawn up, or maybe a neighbor that is causing problems....I can use that legal trust money to hire a lawyer of my choosing from an
extensive list. I can't use for criminal/fellony cases though! It's still a pretty nice perk.
Mine only costs me about $100 a month, so $50 a paycheck.
As a collective bargaining unit, we can negotiate regular, planned pay raises to fight inflation. My union is pathetically small, and really dosen't
do that job all that well -- but we do get new contracts negotiated and pay raises.
On the other hand, I've seen unions protect people that should not be retained for employment. It's frustrating to see people hiding behind the union,
keeping their jobs when it's clear to me they deserve to be fired.
Another thing I don't like is that where I work, they make it seem as if you HAVE to join. No, you don't have to join the union, they just never tell
you that. How messed up is that?
In my mind, unions are the counterpoise to the big corporations. Unions keep companies in line (some of the time), and gave us quite a few of the
things we enjoy today -- like the 40 hour work week. They have flaws, some more than others -- but you can't stereotype and roll them all up into one
If we want to expand, grow, and strengthen the middle class; we are going to have to bolster our retail economy. Perhaps unions are a readily
available option for the immediate future to do so.
edit on 10-10-2012 by MystikMushroom because: (no reason given)