The main reason why I post in threads about unions is to give people an honest look inside a union so they can form their own opinions about unions right, wrong or indifferent.
I've worked both union and non union jobs and I'll take the union job over the non union job any day of the week. Contrary to popular belief no it's not because I'm lazy. Most folks won't beleive this but I work harder at my union job and put up with more bullshit than I ever did at a non union job. For starters I have a minimum of a 12hr work day and find my self working 14 to 15hr days at least two to three times a week. Add in the fact that I'm forced to work weekends, nights, and holidays and I have no scheduled days off. Also factor in that I'm forced to work outside in all weather conditions. I'm scheduled to be on call 24/7 and when the phone rings I'm expected to show up to work with in 2 hours. Not many non union companies would expect this out of their workers.
I along with alot of my fellow union members get pissed off at the few idiots or lazy bastards that work with us. I've brought this up to several Local Chairman and their response is they don't like that they have to protect the few bad apples, but you have to take the good with the bad. The flip side of the coin is that since the idiots are protected that means if you do your job and take pride in your work you will have nothing to worry about. If they won't fire the idiots they surely won't fire a guy that does his job. I don't agree with this system, but thats the way it is and lets be honest. I don't give a shit where you work union or not, there is always the select few that are lazy as shit and dumb as can be but they manage to keep their job and collect a paycheck every week.
The unions provide one of the last places where a good old boy that might not have a college education can still earn a great living and provide a great middle class lifestyle for his family. Alot of college grads who now bash unions owe their degree's to a union. Look back at your father and your grandfather and it might suprise you that they belonged to a union back in the day . That union paycheck paid for your college degree and allowed you to pole vault into the next tax bracket. Unions also provide awesome health care and great pensions. Both of these things are endangered species in the non union sector and it's a sad thing. Corporate America has sold people on the raw deal of an idea called a 401k. If you don't beleive me ask your father if he'd trade his 401k for your grandfather's pension. I bet 95% of the time he'd do it in a heart beat.
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