Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Don't Blame the Unions
Non-union companies lie to employees about union companies that are in distress or that have gone out of business. They typically will tell the employee that union demands cripple the company and that union bosses make business decisions for the company. So the union is the sole cause of the a company going under. Of course, it is not true. As in the case of YRC. Corporate greed, risky investments and incomprehensible financial decisions are what has put YRC in the hole they find themselves in. Their executive pay and bonuses didn't help matters either. The union didn't make them purchase other companies nor did they write the checks at YRC. Unions have served a great purpose for all workers in general. It is thanks to unions that we have a better standard of living, a minimum wage, a forty hour work week, benefit packages, and retirement plans. The company will have you believe that they give you all this out of the goodness of their heart. The reason they give you this is to keep up with unions so that the workers won't feel the need to go union. Many labor leaders and union members have lost their lives fighting for all that workers have today.