I'm really surprised to see how many of you are anti union and/or feel that (in general) unions are a bad thing.
Well, at the risk of being beat up here, I'm gonna have to say that most of you are obviously ignorant to the facts.
While it is true that some shops are not run very well, it is the fault of that shop for not getting more involved and educated as to the needs of both their members and the company that employs them.
While "Iggy" stated a fact about an "open shop" as it's called, the non dues paying employee does have all the same rights as the dues paying member and must be represented in the same manner and diligence, or the union can be sued. The only difference is that he/she may be required to pay the fees of their court/arbitration case.
The point and fact that I want to bring up is along the lines of what a couple have touched on.
If it were not for the unions of the past the American people and America, for that matter, would not be where we are today. Including all management. It is because of this fact that the standards for the work place have become, well, standard and are now being taken for granted. Therefore, the feelings above are common place, evidently.
It was the unions that fought for:
40 hour work weeks
paid vacation, and vacation for that matter
the list can go on
On the US1 comment, about not being able to count to two. Well, that can be true and I have defended such people. However, it has been my experience that it was the company's fault, in many cases, that let it get to that point. If these people were that bad, why were they hired? (management has sole right to hire)
The one way I can re-but that statement is I have seen many, many management people in that same boat. (no pun intended)
Getting back to my opening statements of shops not being run that well and the education involved. It is up to ALL employees, whether represented or not, management or hourly, to stay educated in the business and it's needs, which includes its people. If the employees do that then union and management can work together hand in hand.
In case you haven't noticed, I'm union and proud of it. I have sat on the executive committee and I now sit on the grievance and negotiating committee. I've been a shop steward for several years now.
Yes, in my business we have many "slackers" but again, I see them on both sides of the fence.
PACE Local 2-901