Oct. 19th, 2003
Where is that people picket fence that I painted  
I've been conflicted.

On the one hand, I'm not a huge fan of unions. Don't like your job? Yea, you and the other 99.9% of America. You don't get to decide not to go. I recognize that they had their place in history, I just question their use in present-day.

In principal, I think if you don't like your job, you find a new one. I also think a company which treats its workers badly, can fully expect to keep bad workers as the good workers leave for companies that will treat them well. In fact, you can generally tell the companies that treat their employees well by the attitude of the workers. (For example, I'd bet money Best Buy isn't exactly Utopia to work for.)

That having been said, however, cutting health benefits 50% and taking away prescription drug benefits from your employees? Well, that's just a kilometer or 2 north of a little town called Really Fucked Up Land. Regardless of my general opinion of unions, that's just messed up. I have a couple friends who have asked me not to cross their picket line. And I won't. There's a difference between being exercising your rights as an employer and just being a cold-hearted, mean-spirited asshat.

So far so good.

Now we'll see how I make out between Smart N Final and Trader Joe's today. After all I have a caffeine habit addiction to feed.
 
 
Mood: contemplative
Listening to: Felix Da Housecat vs. Pop Tarts - Money,Success, Fame, Glamour
 
 
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Gantriochgantrioch on October 19th, 2003 - 04:47 pm
"On the one hand, I'm not a huge fan of unions. Don't like your job? Yea, you and the other 99.9% of America. You don't get to decide not to go. I recognize that they had their place in history, I just question their use in present-day."

This post echoes a reply that I made a few months back. Hershey Foods, Verizon, and Caterpillar workers had strikes in Pennsylvania relatively recently and all three companies came out on top of the workers. Interesting.
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