rdskns n 05 Posted March 5, 2006 Share Posted March 5, 2006 No one is argueing that unions do not have their place in the history of this country and to do otherwise would be just stupid. However, most unions have long since outlived their relative usefulness. For example, the union I was a member of, the International Association of Mechanics and Aerospace Workers, is directly responsible for Eastern Airlines going under in the late 80s. In fact, you can trace the demise of just about all the airlines that are gone to unions and their distrust of management.Look at Detroit and the issues that GM, Ford and Chrysler have. Their are loosing market share due to performance and price. Only one of those are the fault of management. The UAW fights any move to close or renovate plants in the misguided belief that management is lying to them and that they are fighting for the servival of the working man. It will be interesting to see what happens if one of those three were to go under. So you see, far from being the protector against things like bankruptcy and hostile take overs, unions are part of what makes those dangers so real today. And you are right, my employer does not care about me. They have tried to outsource my job to India 3 times in the last 4 years but can't find anyone over there at any price to replace me. I'm not dumb. I am sure they will keep trying and at some point likely succeed. I am preparing for that. I am also preparing for that by increasing my skill set daily and making it harder to replace me. It is my responsibility to make myself a better a employee. I do not deserve a raise just for doing what I am told and drawing breath for another year. The company really owes me nothing (although I admit this is a tough one for me to swallow sometimes). The deal is that they pay me twice a month for the work I did over the period since my last paycheck. That is the whole deal. Period. For the record, the union does not care the individual either. They care about the numbers on role sheet because numbers equate to dollars and power for the officers. That is what it is all about, my friend. Get used to it. Maybe on the international level all they care about is what is on the role sheet, but on the local level it is quite a different story. In the 80's a large part of the union demise was directly responsible by President Regan and the air traffic controller strike. We as a union should strive everyday to better ourselves, that is what being union is all about, to command a fair wage and to be able to offer the top skill set of that particular trade under safe working conditions. As you can tell I am a member of the United Association, once a very proud union , now belittled by officers who ran the union pention into the ground. I will not give up my fight to help all my union brothers and sisters gained what I have mentioned before. I am proud to be Union. UNITED WE BARGAIN DIVIDED WE BEG.......... If you are worried about your job then you and your coworkers should get organized Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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