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Failure: Unions in America Today

Nikkofly Wrote: Nov 25, 2012 7:32 AM
Awesome column Derek! Thanks for not being afraid to tell it like it is. I agree with you 100%. I had dues sucked out of my paychecks by the SEIU for over 25 years. No choice in the matter. Dues always went only one direction -- UP, even though our wages were frozen more often than not. We were lucky if we got a 1% cost of living raise once every two years. The shop stewards were ALL cut from the same cloth -- disgruntled employees with poor work ethics and a history of butting heads with those in authority over them. They couldn't wait to become union reps and use the union as a shield to "get back" at all those slave-driver supervisors who had the audacity to expect a day's work in exchange for a day's pay! The nerve of some people!
Harold15 Wrote: Nov 25, 2012 12:46 PM
A few years ago SEIU conned us into switching unions. The scumbag I spoke with said our union dues would be dropped from $25 a month to $15 a month. I'm paying an average of $45 a month. We'd get better benefits. Ha! We had three paid holidays that had paid double time: Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Year's. They, like out other paid holidays, are all time and a half. We lost President's Day as a paid holiday. Our healthcare benefits cast 40% more SEIU than under the old union. Better benefits? Not hardly. We got screwed royally.
Seawolf Wrote: Nov 25, 2012 8:14 AM
The retirement from a union I once had to be involved with was 1 thousand a month after 30 years and NO COLA..guys who retired from there saw their money worth less every year...despicible.
NewJAl Wrote: Nov 25, 2012 8:12 AM
'Voting is the best revenge' Obama

Unions played an important role in American history. At the turn of the last century, a lot of workers encountered awful and dangerous conditions on the job. The workers banded together, demanded changes and got them. After that, Americans joined unions and the dues began to roll in. Riding that wave of compulsory money, union bosses rose. With that much money flowing, corruption wasn’t far behind.

Times have changed. The economy, country and world have changed. But unions haven’t. Union membership among non-government employees has fallen off a cliff. But although membership is down, their power remains large.

Why? Because...