Wednesday, September 13, 2006

I am Surrounded by ?

I really want don't to call my co-workers bad names but I am very unhappy with some of them right now.

6 months ago the survival of the company I work for was in serious doubt. In the last few weeks it has shifted from seriously in trouble to probably going to pull through. We are now working steadily and probably will for the forseeable future.

However there is very little cash reserve and we are frequently doing without things as we are financially functioning week to week yet.

The moronic union fanatics have called for a strike vote. Why? Because contract negotiations are going too slow to suit them.

If we go on strike we can kiss our jobs good bye. We need to protect our jobs by keeping our employer in business and a strike right now would be just plain reckless.

Actually I am hoping it is just a bluff, as only one union committee person is a total idiot. (And even the other committee people would agree with that assessment of this person -- who also the most fanatic union person in the plant.)

If we strike, we go out of business. The UAW has to know that. Why would they call a strike that would put a company out of business, unless they have something to gain from it? I did the math and our entire company pays less than $9000 a year in dues which is pocket change to the union. I wonder if they see us as expendable for some larger purpose.

I am not a happy camper right now.


Blogger Gayle said...

Darn, Shoprat! I wouldn't be a happy camper either. Perhaps it's time to test the water for work elsewhere, if there's anything available in your area, that is.

Good luck. I hope and pray that your company will not be run out of business.

9:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I echo Gayles words and hope for the best outcome here for you. That truly sucks.:(

2:53 PM  
Blogger Patrick Joubert Conlon said...

That stinks. Unions have destroyed too many businesses.

4:30 PM  
Blogger shoprat said...

Thanks guys. They are now saying the vote is a vote to prove something, but not to picket. They are unhappy with the contract offer and I guess they would rather be unemployed. Most people who are talking are disgusted with the union.

5:12 PM  
Anonymous Seth said...

There are two major problems with today's unions, Shoprat --

a) they are no longer the "staunch protectors" of the American worker against exploitation, they are businesses, there strictly to achieve the largest dues revenues they can and totally unconcerned about the companies they extort via the threat of a walkout, and related, as you pointed out in a comment at my place recently,

b) they tend to care not a wit about their members, only about how much money they can make.

As far as their possibly putting your company out of business, to them it is irrelevant: Since most people stay with what they know as they change jobs, many unions will expect to continue collecting dues from those a company collapse renders unemployed, and those members to commute their union memberships to jobs they find at other firms.

It's a racket.

7:02 PM  

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