After serving in WWII, he joined the union, got married, had four daughters and bought his own home in 1959—not bad and things seemed to be right in line with that American dream. Today’s union worker will shout from the tallest mountaintop about their union reps—they help me when I need it, they protect me, they argue for all things I need and protect me from corporate America! To me, union members remind me of a bunch of men and women who love their weekly bowling teams, a pitcher of beer or two, a union hall to meet with their buddies to discuss and vote on new secret laws all the while raking in money for less work and more pay. If I do my job well and complete what is expected of me, I was pretty sure I would continue to receive regular increases and great evaluations. Well, they can but this only increases American car prices—and it has for many, many years.
That is why so many car buyers out there seek to buy the more affordable import. They want top pay and the best of the best in benefits and pensions but wonder why so many car parts and vehicles are built overseas? Autoworker unions are a mess in America. Industrial unions also need revisiting. These organizations mandated safety and fairness for all workers, so why pay fees or dues to a union when you can get the help you need for free? So did organizations such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations aka AFL-CIO tells us right off why we need a union on their website. Do We Really Need Union Protection Anymore? “Well of course, but a union could increase that pay! Department of Labor try to do their best by overseeing unions, but with union lobbyists and top leaders throwing campaign funds at top candidates, unions are more of a government on their own and you have to pay to get into this secret society.
I must give credit to the company who did pay his for his healthcare needs but injury wages were very small during the recovery period. So, as a job seeker, do you want higher wages and a guaranteed pension or to destroy education and be anti-democratic? As far as higher wages and benefits, the compensation unions demand only makes the products or services they provide more expensive. On the other side of the table, John Hawkins of Townhall Magazine offers up five reasons why unions are hurting Americans. His five reasons include unions are bad for large industry in America, are hindering education, cost tax payers a lot of money, are anti-democratic and are causing both cities and states to go bankrupt. Unions are more of a dirty little secret society these days and those in the group will go to their deaths supporting their right to unionize. Autoworkers can’t stand up and say imports are poorly made and are inferior products to defend their case anymore either. Wake up here autoworkers, the auto manufacturers can’t afford you and still make a profit on selling a vehicle.
We have plumber and electrician unions and too many to list but if you hire a union plumber to install your air-conditioning system, he probably can’t plug it in without checking with the union electrician. Teachers want tenure and their unions protect them but what if a teacher is a really bad teacher and is protected by their union? “Because they are the bad guys and want too much from you! “But what if you’re hurt at work or are forced to work too much overtime? I walked away from shouts of “But wait! “But who will protect your rights? “That’s not important now, what is important is your job and your rights! Unions were, at one time, necessary because factory owners were tough and no government agencies set rules for on the job injuries or workplace safety. When the U.S. Government created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), this hurt the unions and they knew it. Because we do live in America, I guess they certainly can, but like other organizations, shouldn’t someone regulate unions?
Before we look at unions, keep in mind there are always the promoters and the naysayers all across America, but in this writer’s opinion, It’s time to put an end to unions—and I’ll tell you why. In fact, only the top union heads (think Jimmy Hoffa here) are the only winners via dues, hush-hush meetings, and trips and vacations of grandeur having nothing to do with the union employees at all—other than all these extravagances are paid by union member dues. And no business can fire employees for forming a union! “Wouldn’t you like to have an organization that can protect you from upper management? “Upper management holds all the cards….,” she started but I stopped her because her reasons were starting to sound like the tale we told as kids, “It Was a Dark and Stormy Night,” where every verse is repeated again and again. An accident at the steel mill caused major burns on my father’s right side leaving him disabled and required a lengthy recovery period. “It’s your right to unionize! They’re not and in fact, many imports have higher safety standards than those made in the U.S.A. Since 1982, I have disliked the union environment and how they really don’t stand by their workers.