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Taking Down Twinkies

michigander4 Wrote: Nov 24, 2012 8:47 AM
And, by the way, trade unions shouldn’t be lumped in with the manufacturing, service and teacher-type unions. Trade unions are altogether different. The only thing they bargain for is wages and benefits, not company-debilitating work rules. There is no “Them and Us” mentality because the supervisors of tradesmen, from superintendent down to foreman belong to the same union. And they don’t put up with any nonsense on the job. A slacker isn’t tolerated – he will be sent back to the hall (called “running him off”) to ponder whether he wants to lose his job or start putting in a good day’s work for a good day’s pay. You never hear of a trade union driving a company into bankruptcy.
Joesolis Wrote: Nov 24, 2012 9:41 AM
Excellent point. The trade folks DO work their butts off. It is a point of pride for them. My problem with unions comes from what happened to my father who was in the sheet metal workers union(A/C and Heating). One day he was cleaning up and found a tool that a friend of his(a plumber) had left on the job site, picked it up and took it to his friend before he left for the day. His union rep saw him do it and jumped all over him for doing it saying the he was not allowed to do work outside his trade and when Christmas bonus time came around that year, he got nothing.

Twinkies selling for hundreds of dollars on eBay. Union membership dropping steadily over the last decade.

Sound unrelated? They shouldn’t. The fate of the popular sponge cake was in the hands of the unionized men and women who work for Hostess Brands.

Or perhaps I should say “worked” -- past tense. Because a union-backed strike has killed what the Great Depression couldn’t. Hostess announced recently that they are suspending operations and will be laying off more than 18,000 employees. (Both sides had subsequently agreed to a mediation, but a judge ordered the bankruptcy to proceed.)

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