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  •  She didn't become a slacker she looked around and (0+ / 0-)

    ther is no reason to do more because in a union atmophere it is not recognized.
    The reason for my post if you didn't get it is there are plenty of nonunion shops with better benifits and security than union places. That's the other thing the women she works with now know they can't be fired for doing nothing.
    My wife now just doesn't bring that file home to finish after work or make calls after hours. 9 to 5 and that's it. The company suffers when they use their good workers.
    My friend had a nonunion HVAC company that he sold on his retirement to a union outfit. Within a year all his past employees left as the union gave them less than their old boss.
    I am in construction management and we are a strict union only contractor, where I believe union shops are better trained there are some nonunion places that are better.

    •  What? A job well done is a job well done. (1+ / 0-)
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      You are so negative about internal satisfaction from accomplishment of your job.

      You cannot paint every company and every situation with a broad brush just because you know someone who has decided to behave like that. I know non-union people who waste time and fool around to pad the clock because they get paid more for doing that. They also don't have the same skill level that a union worker has and it takes them longer to do a sloppy job.

      And you know what... that is all propaganda about if you work harder and longer that the company will recognize your glory and reward you with big fat pay increases and eventually you'll be President. Or whatever.

      That is so 60's. The employment landscape has altered drastically since then.

      Now, in some companies you do indeed get rewarded. But, other companies... not a hope. You get a calendar for Christmas.

      I've worked in both situations. Received 3 raises in one year alone and the Christmas bonuses were one whole extra paycheck.

      But, then I've worked in a firm that required double hours and they only "paid" straight comp time (but they didn't want you to use it). Worked through your lunch at the desk. The company rode all of its employees like that. Extremely exploitative to say the least. Of course, they underpaid employees and overcharged taxes (which they get to use for a period of time).

      What we have in today's world is a landscape of small businesses that provide the engine of growth for our economy. And many take shortcuts and exploit people.

      Unions are there to protect workers and level the playing field against management that is exploitative.

      <div style="color: #a00000;"> Our... constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds. Thurgood Marshal

      by bronte17 on Mon Jul 27, 2009 at 09:48:45 AM PDT

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    •  Maybe that HVAC company (1+ / 0-)
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      can afford to pay high rates because they are bidding against union companies paying union rate + benefits. Probably they are working on prevailing rate jobs in a highly unionized area where the union wage prevails. If they compete in a totally nonunion market we'll see how fast that nonunion company cuts their pay.

      A witty saying proves nothing. Voltaire

      by Dirtandiron on Mon Jul 27, 2009 at 02:24:09 PM PDT

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