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  •  Spite and fear. (8+ / 0-)


    There is at least some portion of any workforce which consists of misanthropes who savor any opportunity to be a prick.  That's just people.

    On the other hand, there is another part of any workforce that is fearful that this will somehow come back to bite them.  They fear that bringing in a union will lead to the shutdown of the factory, and that being part of the union will make them unemployable.  

    I think that the global works council in Germany is driving a lot of VWs response, mandating a works council (which means a union) in order to authorize an expansion from simple assembly into components manufacture.  So a shutdown really seems to not be a realistic fear.  

    On the other hand, this being the South, I'm  sure that union members will be subject to social sanction by the local wingnuts.  And this being the South, you have to wonder what form that will take.

    by ManfromMiddletown on Sat Jul 12, 2014 at 01:31:06 PM PDT

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    •  But in the end, joining would be in their own best (1+ / 0-)
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      interest and the best interest of their families. That takes precedence with most people.
        And in this case they don't even have to pay dues.

      "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

      by elwior on Sat Jul 12, 2014 at 01:42:52 PM PDT

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    •  There's more… (10+ / 0-)
      • Some workers are literally too cheap to spend their money on a union.
      • Some workers come from a non-union/anti-union culture and it's ingrained in their psyche.
      • Some workers are freeloaders who naively think they'll never need a union's direct services (grievance representation, for example), and don't think about indirect benefits (pay, negotiated break policies, vacation, etc.) but then happily accept the privileges without ever the thought of paying for them.
      • Some workers think unions protect bad workers, never considering that they may get lumped in that category at some point.

      Trust me, I've seen it all. I fought the fight with many of them for thirteen years.

      The only exception, and I'll defend myself to the death on this one—when I got reinstated after being on the street for twenty months, it was only about a year later that the scabs who had stayed on fell out of love with management and started a new organization (NATCA).

      Of course, in their recruiting process, they approached me (I was a well known "agitator"), and I refused. I told them I could not belong to an organization whose members had crossed my picket line (PATCO). I think that's pretty defensible.

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      by exatc on Sat Jul 12, 2014 at 02:44:15 PM PDT

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