I can’t resist this “low-hanging fruit” to update this page. This is a part of a conversation that began as a response to a millionaire whose video made fun of the Wal*Mart workers attempts to improve their situation. If you’d care to see the whole thing, let me know and I’ll post a link. As you’ll see, Michael isn’t a fan of unions. So far, Facebook hasn’t allowed my response to post. Here we go:
Trade Unions have infected so many companies, and the fact that there are Public Sector Unions is nonsense.
I’m proud of accountability and hard work, not endless job security, mediocrity and a bloated and undeserved pension.
Detroit and Cleveland are looking really good these days
You appear to be one of the many who think that unions are “outside groups”. Trade unions don’t “infect ” anything. Trade unions, far from perfect as they are now, represent the interests of the employees in the bargaining unit. Collective bargaining means that the unions negotiate with the employers until there is MUTUAL agreement on pay, benefits, and working conditions. Employers have unions, too. They call them Trade Associations and they pay dues as members to finance the “government relations” operations, otherwise known as lobbying for legislation favorable to their businesses. These associations, in fact, have far greater influence over policy than do unions. Michael, it appears that you have swallowed the entire cup of “kool-aid” served by these associations when you speak of “bloated and undeserved” pensions, and accept the claim that unions caused the problems plaguing many cities and states. Do CEO’s not also get bloated and undeserved pensions? Have their decisions not eroded the US manufacturing base? Did unions dream up the sub-prime mortgage schemes from which the real estate industry has yet to fully recover? You are free to scrutinize your beliefs, as you are free to not do so. You decide.