My Father was a proud Member of the United Mine Workers Union. Both of my brothers spent much of their working lives as members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and for a short time I did too. There may have been a paper somewhere that asked the question, but I do not recall in my short civilian working life of ever being asked to join a union. The dues just started coming out of my check. In a unionized factory, it was understood that you belonged. Only management could survive as “company” men.
In the coal fields of Southern West Virginia, during my youth, picket lines of striking miners were common. Scabs as they were called, non union miners, were often brought in or allowed in to work for the striking union members. It was dangerous, but miners were and still are rugged men. Union or not, they will work to feed their families and face down the danger inside the mine and the danger outside from a picket line riled up by paid union thug agitators. Sadly, men were hurt. Some died. For what?
I have heard knowledgeable people proclaim that the American automobile industry is a United Auto Workers pension and health care plan that make automobiles as a sideline. Not to worry though, your tax dollars purchased GM and now,
Shanghai GM, set a monthly record of 71,566 vehicles, while total sales for the first nine months of the year rose 40.2% from a year earlier. Guardian UK
The typical union member is someone who is just trying to earn a living. Today’s typical union leader, however, is a communist. A person who is more interested in pushing a political view and buying the services of politicians who will support their aims than they are in focusing on what is good for workers.
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees is now the biggest outside spender of the 2010 elections… Wall Street Journal
In the same WSJ article you can see that the Service Employees International Union and National Education Association are also huge contributors to Democrats. So it is not too surprising when the President of the United States chooses to once again meddle in the affairs of another State Governor by stating this:
“Some of what I’ve heard coming out of Wisconsin, where you’re just making it harder for public employees to collectively bargain generally, seems like more of an assault on unions,” President Obama. – Real Clear Politics
The closest thing we have in the United States to entrenched and functioning communist organizations are unions. Sorry, I could think of no politically correct sugarcoating for that.
Here are the brass tacks placed neatly in one pouch. Study it closely. I suggest that you make a screen capture of this information and keep it for reference before it is sent to cyber heaven or hell as it may be. It provides you with all of the information you need to counter the nonsensical arguments supporting what is happening in Wisconsin and that is only going to spread around our country.
This chart is particularly informative. It shows that the median weekly income for unionized education, training, and library occupations is $1,023. The median income for Federal Government workers represented by unions is $987, for State Government workers it is $917 and for Local Government workers it is $962.
The median income of union members for all private sector workers, those who pay the taxes that pay the wages of the others, is $864, for those only represented by a union it is $855 and for nonunion private sector workers it is $703.
Redistribution of wealth achieved. The people whose primary products are business stifling regulations, bureaucracy, and failing public education systems are doing quite well for themselves compared to the people who pay their salaries.
King Solomon told us that there was a time to be silent and a time to speak. I believe it is time for the majority of Americans who are not union members to have their say.
No Sir. What we are seeing here is not an “assault on unions” it is a long overdue challenge to the union assault on the United States of America.