Skip to main content

unions

Need For Unions is Over!!!

Once again, the unions are stepping in to create a problem. They have been trying for many years now to destroy Walmart because they are a "non-union" shop. Now, they are going after the fast-food industry claiming the workers are not paid a "living wage."

Well, these types of part time jobs - gas station attendant, fast-food restaurant workers, box-boy, checker or stocking shelves at the local supermarket or hardware store - were never intended to be "careers". These positions were typically filled by high school students as their first jobs. Today, they are often filled by individuals who are trying to make ends meet, with even more being those who were in a career, but due to the failed economy which has yet to recover, find themselves unable to find work in their field and just want to bring in more money than unemployment provides.

These unions do not think about the consequences of what they demand. If these companies were to double the pay of all their workers, they would have to double the prices of the goods they sold. Are you going to pay $12.00 for a Big Mac Combo Meal when you can go to a restaurant and get a much better meal for that price? Of course not. And, that is the problem, meeting these demands would drive these business to close their doors as happened with Hostess or require a "government bailout" as happened with the auto industry.

Yes, I am tired of the unions. I have a couple stories that show their time of usefulness has come to an end.

First ... My Dad was a unionized trucker for most of his career. However, near the end of his career, his employer closed down some "unionized" locations including where my Dad was. He moved to a different location that was not unionized. He wound up having the same benefits with more take home pay since he was not having to pay union dues. Since he was the senior person at this new location, the union was constantly after him to "bring the union in" to the location. He told them, "why would I?"

Second ... I was sent by my company to resolve a critical issue at a phone company on the East Coast. When I arrived at the facility, I asked to have a couple of computers to use so I could investigate and resolve the critical issues they were seeing. I was told that I would have to wait for the "service person" because I was not allowed to "touch" the computers according to union rules. I waited for nearly two hours for this "service person" to arrive. Then, he sat there and watched me work. When it was his lunch time, I had to stop working. When I needed to reboot the system - push a button on the front of the computer, which I think was only twice that day, I had to ask him to do it. And, when his day was over, I had to stop working. I only got about 5 hours worth of work in that day. Thankfully, I was able to solve the issue in that time. However, what a waste of time for both me and the "service person" who was paid his full wages for pushing a button twice during his work day which was of NO benefit for his employer that day.

The need for unions is over!!!

Reference article: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/07/29/fast-food-workers-plan-one-day-strike-for-monday/

Misleading to garner support ...

Posted in

So, how far will people go to mislead others into supporting their cause?

The site crystalbridgesfoundation.org was created on November 19th of this year consisting of a single page, a press release purportedly from the Crystal Bridges Museum supporting the Black Friday Strikes at Walmart stores. Well, the site and press release have no association with the real Crystal Bridges Museum.

The domain registration (below) shows that it was created on November 19th and registered for just one year. And, the information about the person or entity who actually registered the domain was made private, so we don't know who actually did this. Clearly though, it is an attempt to mislead others into supporting the Black Friday Strikes against Walmart. Knowing how the unions have been targeting Walmart for years, it would be logical for one to come to the conclusion that a union or member representing a union was behind the site.

-----------------------------------------------------
Domain ID:D167154404-LROR
Domain Name:CRYSTALBRIDGESFOUNDATION.ORG
Created On:19-Nov-2012 21:34:05 UTC
Last Updated On:20-Nov-2012 20:30:52 UTC
Expiration Date:19-Nov-2013 21:34:05 UTC
Sponsoring Registrar:Web Commerce Communications Limited dba WebNic.cc (R140-LRO
R)
Status:TRANSFER PROHIBITED
Status:ADDPERIOD
Registrant ID:WN18277372T
Registrant Name:YoHOST.ORG Hosting Solutions Privacy Protection
Registrant Organization:Venture i. S.A
Registrant Street1:50th Street, Global Plaza Tower
Registrant Street2:19th Floor, Suite H
Registrant Street3:
Registrant City:Panama City
Registrant State/Province:-
Registrant Postal Code:-
Registrant Country:PA
Registrant Phone:+1.8159814410
Registrant Phone Ext.:
Registrant FAX:+0.0
Registrant FAX Ext.:
Registrant Email:info@yohost.org
-----------------------------------------------------

The real Crystal Bridges site is at http://www.crystalbridges.org.

Proposition 32 -- Paycheck Protection

There is a battle waging here in California for political control of this State. And, the results of Proposition 32 will determine that control for years to come.

There are many who believe that the political actions within this State are heavily influenced by the unions, especially the CTA (California Teachers Association), and have been for many years. Proposition 32 addresses this by making all contributions for political activity to unions or corporations voluntary.

And, there are others who believe it is large corporations who have the strongest influence. Proposition 32 addresses that as well as contributions to state and local candidates are prohibited with the passage of this proposition. Both unions and corporations will be allowed to fund PACs (Political Action Committees), but direct support of state and local candidates will be prohibited.

There have been a couple attempts within the last 15 years attempting to accomplish the goals in Proposition 32. However, each meet their demise at the hands of the unions who spent millions in ensuring their defeat. And, once again, the unions are spending millions (approximately $40 million to date, $16 million from the CTA alone) to defeat Proposition 32.

I will be voting yes on Proposition 32 for one reason and one reason only. I believe no one has the right to take money directly from a person's paycheck without their consent. In this case, it is not uncommon for unions to take funds from their members paychecks specifically for political purposes. If a member voluntarily provides those funds, so be it. And, that is exactly what this measure does. It requires all political contributions to be voluntary.

It is time we level the political landscape here in California. It is time the citizens of this state to have a louder voice than the unions and corporations funding the campaigns of state and local politicians.

Vote Yes on Proposition 32.

Reference Links:

Note: Please read the text of the proposition. The No on 32 campaign is suggesting there are exemptions for corporations. If you read the text of the proposition or even just the summary at BallotPedia, you will see there are no exemptions!