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RE: RE: Offshore protests

From: Brian Dunbar <>
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2003 09:59:36 -0800
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Weaver, Walt [] on Monday, September 22, 2003 12:35 PM said;

> I used to belong to a union. One day the union told us to go on strike,
> and we did.

> 22 years later, we're still on strike. I'm sure we'll be going back to
> work any day now. Then I can quit this temporary IT career I've been
> working at for 22 years now.

> Unions suck, IMHO. Worst career move I ever made was joining a union.

There is a downside to unions. I read an article (Atlantic maybe) that reported in some cases it was more profitable for the union membership to go on strike and shut down the business - senior members got unemployment, benefits from the state for being on strike, early retirement and etc. Younger members lost their job.

On the upside, there is no doubt in my mind that any benefits you have at your current job are the result of Unions and related groups agitating for better working conditions lo' these many years ago.

On the gripping hand, the Federal Employees Union and Coffee Break society (FDIC Branch) created some of the worst working conditions I've seen - for the non-Union (contract) labor working alongside them. Can't spend funds to buy a guy lunch in recognition of his long service (five years!) because he's non-union. Contract employees have to have their office window closd off with a partition wall because the Rules state contractors don't _get_ windows. Etc.


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