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  •  I've worked both union and non-union (3+ / 0-)
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    JayRaye, srfRantz, Tinfoil Hat

    If workers call in OSHA complaints, most of the time the boss knows who it is.  Like the time I complained about the fumes from  truck #17, well, I was the truck #17 driver.  Bosses get real angry about OSHA complaints.

    If you're non-union, you're getting fired on some pretext (took a minute too long at breaktime) if you filed OSHA complaints.

    If you're in a union, you laugh in your boss's face and tell him he shoulda got the damn problem fixed when you bitched about it two weeks ago.

    Sure, some employers care about worker safety.  But many care less about their workers than they do about their machinery.  Workers have always needed unions for the protection to complain about safety problems.

    •  Exactly, when the seat belt was broke on my (2+ / 0-)
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      srfRantz, Tinfoil Hat

      assigned scraper, I refused to run on the edge of the stock pile, which meant that about once and hour, the dozer had to come over and straighten out the top of the stockpile.

      The foreman yelled and hollered at me to no avail. & the dozer op basically told him to STFU.

      Why could we do that? because we were union. On my break I called the Union Rep & he came out and raised hell.

      The Union pulled me off the job and refused to send out another op until problem fixed. Union sent me elsewhere, better company.

      Sure you can call OSHA if you don't have a union, but the boss will know who made the call. They can always come up with a reason to fire you.

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      by JayRaye on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 01:39:31 PM PST

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