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SEPTEMBER 1, 2019


Happy Labor Day? Federal authorities raided the homes of present and past union leaders in what appears to be a widening probe into corruption at the United Automobile Workers (UAW).

Washington Examiner:

The FBI on Wednesday raided the Michigan residence of UAW President Gary Jones and the California home of former UAW President Dennis Williams. Federal agents also executed search warrants at the union’s resort in Onaway, Michigan, which spans 1,000 acres, and at other locations. Neither Jones nor Williams has been charged with a crime.The raids come amid a yearslong corruption investigation, which broke into public view in 2017, into possible wrongdoing by union leaders and auto executives, including illegal payoffs to union figures and bribes from auto officials to union executives.

The investigation thus far has led to charges against nine people, eight of whom have been convicted.​

Walter Reuther is turning over in his grave. UAW leadership in a corrupt relationship with auto executives? In the 1930s, the ancestors of those execs hired goons (and local police) to beat up striking workers. Now they appear to have a nice, cozy sweetheart relationship.

The raids come at a critical time for the UAW and auto workers, as the union is in the midst of contract negotiations with General Motors, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler. The current four-year labor agreements expire Sept. 14.In addition to the ongoing contract talks, the auto industry has been buffeted by slumping sales, layoffs, and plant closures, and faces an ever-looming threat of tariffs.

The raids indicate the government’s investigation could be widening and escalating, raising questions of whether it could lead to the filing of a civil racketeering lawsuit and federal oversight of the UAW.​

Public support for unions remains strong.

CNN:

Labor unions seem to be a critical topic right now. Teachers, medical professionals, digital media employees and e-commerce workers have all entered the national conversation in recent months, either for their attempts to unionize or their calls to strengthen workers' rights.In theory, their demands are well supported by the American public. According to a recent Gallup poll, 64% of Americans approve of labor unions. That's a five-year high, and the third-highest approval number since 1970.

However, actual union membership rates are relatively low. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals the general union membership rate for 2018 was 10.5%, which is about even with the numbers from 2017. However, that percentage represents a precipitous overall decline in union membership since comparable data was first released in 1983. That year, more than 20% of workers belongs [sic] to a union. Over time, that number has dropped steadily by almost half.​

With the corruption, the occasional thuggery, the greedy, grasping union leadership, it's a wonder unions' support with the public is as high as it is.

I think that number represents the leftover enormous goodwill earned by unions in the early days of industrial unionization. And there's good reason for that as I wrote on Labor Day, 2011:

The modern concept of “work” was largely created by organized labor. The story of how that came about is a fascinating one that has everything a good drama should have; heroes, villains, damsels in distress, and ultimate tragedy as unions first corrupted themselves, then were taken over in many cases by organized crime, and now have atrophied to become caricatures of themselves.Go back 125 years and you will find that “work” meant something entirely different than it does today. Work was getting up at the crack of dawn and going to a factory where it was a crap shoot as to whether you’d leave at dusk that day with all your fingers, toes, hands, arms, legs, feet, and eyes – not to mention coming home at all. Safety regimens, workers’ compensation, and work rules that put safety first were all invented by industrial unions.

Too smart to work at a factory? How about working as an accountant at the turn of the 20th century. You would likely work 10-12 hours a day in poor light, 6 days a week, with no paid sick leave or paid vacation, and arbitrariness in hiring and firing. It wasn’t until unions came along and literally fought for these benefits, that these things we take for granted today in all industries became common in the workplace.​

It's a legacy unions should be proud of. But the inheritors of this legacy have squandered it all. It's hard to see how any unions except government worker unions will be left in a decade as America's industrial base continues to disappear and the benefits of unionization become more obscure.




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Unions suck.
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Unions suck.
They are the avant-garde of socialist scum.


They were a good thing at one time but now they are just a money hungry machine that kills business. I know quite a few people who are in unions and all of them hate it. The protect the lazy workers and even drug addicts from losing their jobs and do nothing for legitimate gripes many workers have.
 

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When I was 18 I worked in a union shop where my dad was tool room supervisor. I worked fast, and always had good quality. I did the entire nights quota in about 2 hours. So I was putting out at least double the quota. Union kept telling me to slow down as I was making other people look bad. I ignored them. I did very well in that shop, making everyone else look bad.
 

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Union here and its disgusting. They have one huge socialist mentality, they support democrats to the tenth degree and then way past, they dont give a fk about the men anymore and only support companies, they demand the union members to vote democrat and even send out letters telling them who to vote for. They will support the lazy workers and the minorites so much more then the good workers or the white guy. They support giving jobs to their friends, people who offer them deep sea fishing trips or golf, and minoritites then to some good hard working white guy. The pla and right to work agreements are a joke. They will send out some minority who works in that town where the job is and the company doesn't have to hire other workers. So one black p/rican female who knows s^&* of what to do bout her job and is a lesbian and has lawsuits against companies and the union will work there way before nyone else. She now takes up four spots from other people who are good workers and live in that town and stays till that job is over getting paid just to be there.

Companies swarm the jobs now with minorities and the unions want the minorities in their locals just to prove they are diverse. Few apprentices classes have had not one white person in them, so diverse right? There were half whites though they said they were not white, wheres the so called "white privilege" right? And now you see union skill going down the tube because the union wanting to show how diverse it is. The people I see coming into the union are dumb and I mean fkn dumb. When they get their license they are no better, though they know what wrench is and "righty tighty lefty loosie" is. They use to get tech school kids in or people who knew something bout the trade, now they just pick on color and sexuality here. There were tests we had to pass and interviews to see if we were skilled enough to get into the union. Now these tests have been greatly reduced to what is 1+1, sarcasm though not to far from the truth if these tests still exist.

The union I'm in supported killory, they supported the kenyan, they support our democrat politicians in all elections stating the democrats will get the union jobs. So ironic that when the kenyan was in office I was laid off for five years and so were LOTS of others in my union. Yet Trump gets in and I've been working ever since and the bench is pretty much clear.
The union spreads lies saying the republicans will take away the union jobs and give them to non-union and push companies out of Connecticut. Funny how Connecticut has had democrat gov for over ten years and companies have been running from Connecticut. Long with the people leaving because of being immensely taxed and taxed on everything- even groceries. Were even double taxed and tripled taxed on items and services though they're under other names. The unions here support the democrat politicians. The unions here stand by the party politic line and will side and vote for democrats even when they want to infringe / burden and take
away our firearms and our Second Amendment, the taking away of free speech, the allowing of illegal search and seizures, allowing land grabs and more of what the democrats want.

Why am I still in it? Because non-union doesn't want me because I'm union. They fear I'm going to get their employees to want to go union. I've been s#$ upon right to my face because of it, on a few interviews. Bunch of grade school play ground mentality.

Many years ago here they were for the men and very much so. They stood by the men actually standing with them in the picket lines, now no more.


Rant off :lol:
 
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