ledhead1969 wrote on Feb 16, 2019, 03:09:
My buddy used to be a union rep at a Chrysler plant. I asked him what he did all day and his answer was "I try to find out ways to rip the company off". Let's set aside people sleeping on the job and getting paid 150K a year to rivet cars...his job was to find out all the ways to rip the company off.
The plant closed down and thousands lost their job. I asked him if it was worth it. All the union BS if the end result would be all those people losing their livelihood. His answer was 'No'.
Only low intellect do-nothings think a union benefits them.
Union participation was 30% in the 1960s in the US. Starting in the 1970s, corporations made a concerted effort to reduce union participation. Today, a mere 10% of workers are in unions. Over this same time period, average wages have stagnated relative to inflation, having raised a mere one percent despite worker productivity having doubled. Meanwhile, wages for the top 1% have gone up 300% over the same period.
If not unions, what is a way to address this disparity? It's quite apparent that the economic elites have sucked up all the productivity gains for themselves.
"The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge." Isaac Asimov