Gut Rumbles

May 16, 2003

the strike

The final vote occurs at 7:30 tonight, which means it's all over but the counting right now. I have no idea what the Union may do and, frankly, I don't give a lovely shit, either.

All week long, I had operators asking me, "If the Union strikes, do I get locked out, even if I want to come to work?" I couldn't answer their questions because upper management wasn't taking a clear stance yet. They finally did last night. Better late than never.

We're not going to lock anybody out. If a worker is willing to cross the picket line, we'll let him in and put him to work. I think this is exactly the right policy.

Our maintenance department is damned near 100% union. Those guys were raised in the trades and they kept their OLD union memberships in their trade union up-to-date just in case they needed to go down to the Union Hall and sit on a bench waiting for a job. Production workers don't have that same option.

That's why only about 30% of the production workers in my area belong to the Union. And that 30% is mostly stewards and fuckheads. THERE'S a union for you today. The power-hungry and the incompetent, banding together, for the good of the power-hungry and the protection of the incompetent.

My beloved state of Georgia has a Right To Work law. Most of my operators want to come to work no matter what the Union decides. In fact, some have said that they're willing to climb the fucking fence to get in, if that's what it takes. They have families to feed and a good job where they are.

If the Union votes to strike, it commits suicide, pure and simple. We'll lock the strikers out and never invite them back. There will BE NO MORE UNION! We'll hire new people willing to work for the wages and benefits we offer (and they are EXCELLENT) while the unemployed mau-maus walk the red line and wave their picket signs at the end of the company road like the stupid trolls they are.

Why anyone in a union "leadership" position can't see that handwriting clearly on the wall is a mystery to me.

But these "leaders" will jet off somewhere else, to their next confrontation with management, secure in their Union jobs, with no thought at all of the crap they left in their wake. If the rank and file listen to those assholes, they get what they deserve.

Hmmm... maybe we need a nanny law about forbidding ANYONE from listening to bad advice.

Naw. That would put too many government workers and Congressmen out of a job.


In my line of work you HAVE to join the union if one is present. I hated the bullshit and became steward of my local to see if I could do any good.
I knew I had to quit that shitheaded position when some mechanic wanted to file a grievance just because the foreman didn't say good morning to him!
Thank god I now work for a very large company in one of it's non-union divisions and couldn't be happier.

Posted by: G-MAN on May 16, 2003 08:10 PM

Unions were created for a reason, but the era of the reasons which applied no longer exists. You may have noticed Broadway basically shutting down for a week some months back. That was thanks to a union, and the dispute was over how many useless shits a producer has to hire to basically stand around and do jack. Or, "minimums" as they're called. I've seen these people. They walk around with their thumb up their ass and drink coffee during a show, and get the same goddamn paycheck as the people actually doing the show.

Absolute lunacy. And people wonder why only the massive production companies are represented on Broadway. Well, it's because they're the only ones who can afford all the union bullshit. I had to join TWO freaking unions just to work on certain projects, and what do they do for me? Jack shit, save take my money.

Most Unions today do little more than protect the lazy and incompetent. What the hell ever happend to work ethic?

Posted by: Mr. Lion on May 16, 2003 08:51 PM

Mr. Lion, you won't find ANY union preaching work ethic. Coffee breaks and high pay is about all they know.

Posted by: Acidman on May 16, 2003 09:37 PM

I remember watching the movie F.I.S.T. with Sylvester Stallone years ago. I remember the exploited workers peacefully organizing to protest inhumane working conditions and starvation wages. I remember seeing hired company thugs rush out of the plant, cracking the poor workers' skulls with ax-handles. And I remember thinking, "Where do I apply for company thug? That shit looks fun!" Get real, whiners. Those conditions don't exist anymore. That's why we have labor laws. Did you ever stop to think that you would HAVE more money if you didn't have to pay fucking UNION DUES?!!! These are the same dumbasses that are in such a rush to throw their money away that they'll vote Democrat yet again in the next election. If the brain will not learn then the beatings must continue. Acidman, I have a nice hickory ax-handle if you need it.

Posted by: Jeff Domangue on May 16, 2003 10:29 PM

Jeff, if I have to cross that picket line, I'll have two pistols in my truck with me. Fuck an axe-handle.

Posted by: Acidman on May 16, 2003 10:59 PM

Oh, yeah... I forgot. I'll have one in my hand, one on the seat, two extra magazines for the .9mm and both speed-loaders for the .38. I think I'll get to work.

Or somebody is going to wish all the way to hell that he didn't threaten my life.

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