Why Unions Should Go Bye-Bye
Let’s take a teacher’s union for example. Teachers want tenure and their unions protect them but what if a teacher is a really bad teacher and is protected by their union? Who really suffers here? You guessed it, the children in the classroom. Even if a long-term teacher is accused of generally being a terrible teacher, their union rep is at their side, pleading their case, ensuring the big umbrella union will cover them—no matter what.
Autoworker unions are a mess in America. They want top pay and the best of the best in benefits and pensions but wonder why so many car parts and vehicles are built overseas? Wake up here autoworkers, the auto manufacturers can’t afford you and still make a profit on selling a vehicle. Well, they can but this only increases American car prices—and it has for many, many years. That is why so many car buyers out there seek to buy the more affordable import. Autoworkers can’t stand up and say imports are poorly made and are inferior products to defend their case anymore either. They’re not and in fact, many imports have higher safety standards than those made in the U.S.A.
Industrial unions also need revisiting. We have plumber and electrician unions and too many to list but if you hire a union plumber to install your air-conditioning system, he probably can’t plug it in without checking with the union electrician. That’s ridiculous—really folks, it is.
To me, union members remind me of a bunch of men and women who love their weekly bowling teams, a pitcher of beer or two, a union hall to meet with their buddies to discuss and vote on new secret laws all the while raking in money for less work and more pay.
I remember back when I worked for the University of Pittsburgh and a union organizer came to all of us and urged us to unionize and protect our jobs. Most of the people ignored this woman but I wondered, protect me from what? If I do my job well and complete what is expected of me, I was pretty sure I would continue to receive regular increases and great evaluations.
“But who will protect your rights?" asked the unionizer.
I looked at her dumfounded and said, “I thought that’s why we had a Constitution?"
“But what if you’re hurt at work or are forced to work too much overtime?" she argued.
“I know where the workman’s compensation poster is and how to get aid for my injury and if I work more overtime, I’ll make more money." I said.
“Wouldn’t you like to have an organization that can protect you from upper management?" she urged?
“From what?" I asked.
“Upper management holds all the cards and you could get fired at any time, but with our protection…" she started, but I stopped her.
Shaking my head and chuckling I reminded the wannabe unionizer it was upper management who gave me a job so “why piss them off?" I offered.
“Because they are the bad guys and want too much from you!" she said.
“Isn’t it my job to provide a fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay?" I asked.
“Well of course, but a union could increase that pay! And no business can fire employees for forming a union!" she grinned.
“How much are the dues?" I asked.
“That’s not important now, what is important is your job and your rights!" she stated.
“But I feel they treat me fair here and I like my job, why change everything?" I pointed out.
“It’s your right to unionize!" she said forcibly.
“For what purpose?" I again wanted to know.
“Upper management holds all the cards….," she started but I stopped her because her reasons were starting to sound like the tale we told as kids, “It Was a Dark and Stormy Night," where every verse is repeated again and again. I walked away from shouts of “But wait!"
This secret government within our government—the union—didn’t sound like something I wanted to join and it doesn’t to this day. Give me a reason here folks, why are unions still needed in America today? I suppose they protect the lazy workers and discourage members from giving a wee bit more on the job than a non-union worker and if that’s what they do, it’s time for them to go. Whatever happened to “One nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all?"