I managed a plant for a large corporation a little while back. Our employees “in the back” (as the suits and ties in the office called our hardworking men and women) were grown men and women doing monotonous jobs 40+ hours a week to feed hungry mouths. Most of them were adults of Hispanic descent with a limited understanding of the English language. One of their favorite tasks during the day was learning a new word or two in English. They couldn’t afford a linguistics class, so they did what they could with what they had.
I say all this to put the proceeding into context. We began our shift at 5am sharp, ever day. Rain, snow, or sun, we were there with squinty eyes. And, who was there to greet us once a month? The local union representative with flyers, loud noises, running up to our car doors. But of course, according to the law, we are not allowed to ask them to leave…
The funniest thing about their handing out of literature to us? It was a slander against our own company. That the big wigs didn’t care for the hourly worker. That never made much sense to me: how does putting down your current employer encurouage the person to A) continue working there, and B) if you’ve conviced an employee that his/her job currently sucks, what makes you think they’ll stay to pay you money out of their check to get “better wages”? I never connected the dots.
Needless to say, no one ever bit during the year that I worked there. As I mentioned earlier, most of my employees could not read English and didn’t have the highest level of education. But still, they were able to ascertain which would be a better option: a company that pays them with benefits with annual raises, or an angry union telling you to pay them to get what you already have. What I’m trying to say is this: UNIONS ARE NOW OBSOLETE. And they are the fastest dying business in the US. Why do you think they’re so angry?
According to the NY Times, Two of the nation’s “fastest-growing” labor unions — the Service Employees International Union and the California Nurses Association, have now joined forces. They were bitter enemies, with constant law suits, showing up at each other conferences yelling, barricading doors… the list goes on. “We have buried the hatchet,” said Rose Ann DeMoro, president of the California Nurses Association. Sorry, I can’t use an erudite language here: LOSERS.
Maybe they “burried the hatched” because the California association will soon become the largest nurses’ union in American history, with 150,000 members, when it merges with United American Nurses and the Massachusetts Nurses Union. More people, more fees, more money.
They have a goal of creating a single, nationwide union for registered nurses (socialists anyone). “We have a moment to seize,” said a rep. “We have to show hospitals that health care reform is the right thing to do.” I’ll leave you with this: Should you really have to convince us all of your great union product?
by M. Adam Carroll