This was inspired by Scoob’s comment.
I can’t say I’m really for unions.
In the jobs I’ve held, I was hired to do X job for Y dollars per hour and Z benefits. The benefits weren’t even my idea, they just came with the job. As I have always done X, as required, I have always been paid Y. There was never any need for some middleman digging into my Y and making promises he couldn’t back up. Sam’s Club/Wal*Mart tells you straight out that they don’t have unions, and if you seek to create one, you’ll probably end up worse off than when you started. I believed it. They started us on a higher pay scale than other jobs. They gave us Z unasked for benefits. There was a lot W*M’s lawyers could take away, if they wanted to get into a flexing match. I was never interested in getting paid less to push carts.
I get treated very, very well by the hospital I work for, in my opinion. Again, I do X, and they pay me Y, just like we agreed when I was first hired. Plus, they up Y on a yearly basis (sometimes more often), though I don’t believe that was part of our beginning agreement. Management is not out to get me and I don’t need the protection of some middleman, again dipping into my Y. If I have a problem, there are very good grievance procedures in place.
Now, in my limited experience, I’ve never heard of a union protecting an innocent employee who was unnecessarily getting harassed by evil management. I don’t believe that most management is evil. It is run by normal people who, yes, have a sinful nature, but these people, again in my experience, are not evil people trying to mess with innocent employees who do their X, as agreed, every day. The only stories I have heard are unions protecting slacking employees. People who are habitually late (my stepfather always used to call into work saying his truck wouldn’t start…the guy had never even gone out to try to start it…he was just lazy and didn’t want to get up in the morning) or people who want to do as little work as possible, or people who want over and above what they agreed to when they signed on for the job…these are the people that I hear about getting represented by the unions and having their jobs saved for them. I disagree with this. I think these are the people who need to be fired.
As I’ve stated before, my experience, including hearsay, is rather limited. I’d love to hear some stories that change my mind and actually make it seem like unions are a worthwhile part of society. Until then, I believe they are as useless as the space program.