I'm expecting a lot of hate mail over this, but maybe I'll get luck and either they won't read it or they'll see the truth like I did. I am a Union worker and proud to be one. I am as patriotic as the next man, fly my flag at home, and vote on election day. I do my best to reflect both aspects of my life and they are not in conflict. I buy American, Union made cars and trucks.
In recent posts, I showed my support of Ford, Unions and Buying American. I was not surprised when I got comments that were not supportive of the UAW or unions in general. I had heard about the Job Bank, and read on other blogs about unreasonably high wages for "unskilled" auto workers. Now I thought most of this was the usual union bashing, you get on the internet. So I decided to do a little Googling and see what I could find out about the situation.
And my final word? The UAW needs to kiss the ground and be greatful they have any jobs at all. The "Job Bank" needs to be eliminated, it no longer is realistic. It's a concept, that I belive is unique to the auto industry. I can't imagine that I could be paid to do volunteer work or sit on my ass. Another thing that doesn't jibe with my own union experience is the concpet that the guy who cuts the grass or cleans the toilets gets the same pay as the one assembling cars. We are a trade union, and you get paid according to position, meaning skill level. Have a seperate contract for janitorial and groundskeeping duties.
I'm Union and I'm proud, but I'm not so stupid as to believe that if I get laid off, I'm going to be paid to volunteer or watch videos in a hiring hall.