Re: A time to be American - GM Trucks
"Unsafe work environments, 80 hr work weeks, child labor, unfair good ole' boy contracts......not anymore." Where do you think all of these things came from? Unions. Let's continue the list: sick leave, vacation, retirement, holiday pay, night differential, hazard pay, overtime, the list go's on and on. These are the things that union and non-union workers both take for granted. Just like our gun ownership rights would immediately be eroded if groups like the NRA were done away with, worker's rights would revert over a short time back to the way it was before unions began protecting the American worker.
I love it when I hear people say they think the company will treat them fairly or give them a raise "because it's the right thing to do" or "the company will take care of me." I have seen enough discrimination, sexual harassment, unjust discipline, pay disparity and good ole' boy contracts to reinforce my belief that unions are still necessary. The government has done a poor job protecting the rights of working families as evidenced by the inability of the NLRB or the FLRA to process hardly any cases the last 6 years from having their budgets slashed in half and board positions not filled. Let's talk about the coal mine disasters in recent years that took the lives of many miners after the companies had been cited numerous times for safety violations by OSHA. Bet the widows and fatherless kids could tell everyone a thing or two about government watchdog safety.
The auto corporations have become anti-union argument, but ask a police officer, fireman, nurse, miner or any number of other jobs if they think unions are necessary. If the government protects the worker then why do federal employee's find it necessary to have unions? To protect them from the same unfair labor practices that occur in the private sector.
Let me finish this by saying one of the problems with the big three has a lot to with the ten's of thousands of retiree's the company has to support for the life of the retired worker. That goes a long way toward profitability. Yeah, I'm pro union.