I've been in the union for the past 15 years.I can say that I disagree with about 80% of the crap that the union files grievances over. But I dont think I would have as much pay and benifits were I working a non-union job of the same type. It burns my ass reading about folks getting high on the job and being represented by the union and probably getting admin pay while out. I work hard and so do most of my co-workers,it makes us all look bad in peoples eyes when this is the only impression of a union worker they have. Guys, not all union workers are like that and I for one am ashamed for them. Please dont think that all union workers agree with everything the union does.
Thanks for this, and I agree.
I'm a union construction worker in Illinois and I work my ass off, and have for over 30 years. All of my coworkers do the same.
We are paid a very good wage, and we EARN it. I am not ashamed of being in a union, though I"m not blind to some things the unions do. It burns my ass when I see things like this, however as stated above, don't judge all of us like that.
I'd rather be supported by collective bargaining then trying to go one on one with a corporation who doesnt give a rats ass about your health and welfare and wage except to give as little as possible.
For all of you out there who wants to see unions disappear or at least be much weaker, remember, we ARE the middle class, the middle class who seems to be fading in this country.
Soon you will have the rich and the poor, and nothing in between. It's mostly the middle class who spend and make the economy hum along. What's happened in the last 5 years? Most middle class earnings are down probably half, that is if you still have a job.
I know mine are.
Take away all the unions and see what your employer would want to pay you, it aint gonna be anywhere close to that.
And you can't tell me it's only unions that do questionable things sometimes, a lot of corporations/government/politicians/people etc. Not saying it makes it right, just saying it's universal.
So before you condemn all union workers, think of the men and women, especially in the construction trades who work in sun,rain,snow,heat,cold, outside repairing or installing roads and bridges, building homes and building stores,office buildings,skyscrapers etc, whilst trying to stay safe and and in one piece.
As a roadworker here, my life is within a few feet of being obliterated every day because of people who are always in a hurry and are too busy texting or talking on the phone to notice the bright green clothing and caution signs and flaggers and barricades and god knows what else we have to put up to not get killed every day.
As a union worker, I'll never apologize for the wage I make, and I earn every f****** penny of it. Everyday.
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