Right To Work? Yeah, Right!
Strike three, strike four, strike five, oh, you probably thought I was talking about baseball. Well, in a way I was, but not really. It seems lately in the news, all you hear is some sort of labor strike somewhere across this nation of ours. You’ve already got the NFL referees’ strike, the Chicago area teachers’ strike, various collective bargaining issues across the nation, and now, the NHL strike. Baseball is about the only organization that doesn’t have labor issues right now ( and that’s right now, but stay tuned, it’s not their turn yet ). Collective bargaining. And why shouldn’t working people be allowed to decide for themselves whether they want a union bargaining for better wages, benefits, and a safe working environment? I know I do. I’ve been in a union most of my working life. For all who’ve never been in one, they’ve been brainwashed into believing that they would be better off without one. That’s exactly what the powers-that-be want you to think. If it weren’t for the threats of union organization, the current wages and benefits that nonunion jobs recieve would all but disappear. My wife found this out the hard way. She has worked ALL of her life. As a matter-of-fact, she has never been laid off ( once she got laid off, she had no clue how to file for unemployment ). But, she worked her way from the bottom, all the way up to supervisor for a major banking chain here in Michigan. When the economy took a nosedive, she, being at the bottom of the supervisory rung, was one of the first to get laid off. It took her about a whole year to find another job ( she was getting on my nerves so bad, I was looking for employment for her myself ). But, she did get another job. Now, my wife has always been a very hard worker. She will give anything she undertakes her all, and will go above-and-beyond most times. Well, she took this same drive into her new job. On her lunch break ( she took her lunch to work from home ), she was at her desk, and decided to do a little work at the same time. The next day, she received an email from on of her supervisors advising her that she isn’t allowed to work through her lunch. The next day, my wife punched out, then went back in to set her job up for the next day, so that she would be off-and-running as soon as she got in. She got fired! Fired! That would have NEVER had happened in a union job. So, when it boils down to it, someone above her knew her background, and saw her potential. She was a threat to their job, and they got rid of her. But, God doesn’t like ugly, and she has since gotten an even better job, but she now looks at the collective bargaining and unions a whole lot differently. I had always tried to tell her, but sometimes you’ve got to go through it for yourself, to totally get the entire picture. Right to work. Yeah, right. You can have it. But that’s just my thoughts. What’s yours?