3/18/10 Blog: Worker’s Unions

Posted: 2010/03/19 in Blog

I would like to start this blog by acknowledging that worker’s unions served a critical role in the advancement of worker’s rights; I acknowledge this as true. 

Today, I believe that worker’s unions have lost our country more than it has gained.  The union has turned into a business, rather than an advocate.  I have seen and heard of countless instances where a union has slowed production and reduces profitability of a company to the point that it’s rediculous. 

I have encountered training programs that could not allow live production as part of their training because it took work away from the union workers.  I have seen equipment sit on a job site in everyone’s way because the person who the union stated was the job holder of that equipment was at a different site, so none of the LICSENCED drivers were allowed to move it, because it took away from the other person’s work.  Currently, several teachers unions are blocking the educational stimulus money because it demands accountability.

How are these things beneficial to the American work force?!

Everyday, jobs are being shipped outside of our borders because the cost of doing business is lower elsewhere.  This is largely due to our labor unions and workers demanding to be compensated on a lev el that is so far higher than the rest of the world, that American made has led to only mean more expensive.  The worst thing about it is that all of the additional rights and compesations do not lead to a better, stronger worker and product bacuase we cannot hold the worker accountable bacause the unions won’t allow it!  At what point can we finally tell Joe Union that no, he’s not allowed to sit there, doing nothing, yes, he has to work!

Status quo says I should finish 13 units in eight hours; this does not mean you stop working five hours into your shift because you completed 13 units!  I have actual heard of union representatives correcting workers for doing too much work.  In what productive society is that acceptable. 

I understood the role of the union to be a mediator between the worker and the company.  If this is true, then shouldn’t they have both the worker and the companies best interest in mind.  Even if it’s not true.  Is the best thing for the worker to stop work and/or put their employer out of business because they can not financially meet the unions demands?

  1. waffles says:

    It really depends on what the union declares as it’s purpose and what tactics it approves. Many unions like some of the ones showcased in the airline industry frequently take a ‘we’re going to fight the company till the bitter end’…it doesn’t matter that the company which employs them is running out of funds. However, some unions work with the company and work out appropriate terms. In the past I was part of a union that went through negotiations because the equipment we were issued failed to work most of the time and normal practice was for us to replace the equipment out of our own pocket. Yet, after a year, the problem was solved and we never needed to strike.

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