10 thoughts on “As If On Cue

  1. From the linked article:
    “One stocking stuffer will be a decision in Roundy’s Inc. which will require an employer to give non-employee union agents access to the employer’s premises if the employer grants access to other non-employee groups, organizations or individuals. So, for example, if a business owner permits charitable organizations, such as the Salvation Army, to solicit donations for the poor and the homeless on its premises, it will be required to grant the same access to labor organizers to solicit support for the union, which could include the distribution of pamphlets that criticize the employer.”

    You know, it is just easier to outsource jobs to India and China than run a business in the US.

  2. The results of this stocking stuffer are obvious, Chuck. It’s the end of the Salvation Army’s Christmas drive….coal in the stockings of the poorest of the poor, the sickest of the sick unless union thugs can line their pockets with OPM (Other People’s Money)

    These people are despicable.

  3. Chuck said:

    So, for example, if a business owner permits charitable organizations, such as the Salvation Army, to solicit donations for the poor and the homeless on its premises, it will be required to grant the same access to labor organizers to solicit support for the union, which could include the distribution of pamphlets that criticize the employer.”

    Yep. This is why you no longer see Salvation Army bell ringers in front of Target stores. And also why you might not see them in front of Walmarts in the future.

  4. Q: If a union member reads this article, will he/she comprehend what it means to the larger concept of liberty?

    A: They can’t read. They communicate with bricks.

  5. Hey Mister “The Big Stink”, I am a union member (as is required by law) and I can read. Mostly.

    But I do get your point. It takes a special breed of person to elect politicians because they promise to reach into other peoples pockets to give you a raise. They’re called “leeches”.

  6. Hey Troy;

    Not being snippy here, but I’m curious as to whether or not you have ever looked at the compensation of the execs of your local and national organizations are raking in off of your dues, for basically partying like it’s 1999?

  7. I have worked for Exxon, General Electric, Merck, M.I.T., International Paper, Union Camp, Omnova, and the Dover Chemical Corp., dealing with the Steelworkers, the Teamsters, and the United Chemical Workers and various non-union workforces. I’ve seen both sides of the issue.

    Germany has a trade and current account surplus because the Euro keeps their currency unnaturally low, with costs that are now clear to the rest of Europe. The German union bosses struck a deal a decade ago with their political bosses to throw German workers under the bus in exchange for maintaining the power of the union bosses; German workers have seen their real wages decrease significantly, despite the high profits taken by German corporations, who in turn are investing those profits abroad. Americans would never have accepted such a deal, and many of the higher skill German workers would be a great deal better off if they could leave their unions (which they can’t). German companies are very good at many things, but their advantages clearly include an artificially low currency and a cozy relationship with national union bosses who aren’t afraid to sacrifice workers’ interests to maintain their political power.

  8. I know a union rep for a railroad union. One of the benies he gets is a free trip to Las Vegas each year for “union business”. But he says there are no meetings, just a free week-long trip to sin city.

  9. bosshoss429:

    I’m a “fair share” member, paying as little as legally possible to the union, because I don’t believe in their mission: “professional” employees really don’t need the benefits union representation provide. That they waste money comes as no surprise, but I don’t get to vote on that. My only vote is “no confidence”.

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