Shouldn't the title say "Fighting UAW Puts the Financial Squeeze on Striking Union Workers"?
I think so....
I think so....
Lee is an idiot. He could find another job or two and bring home more than $250 a week.Adding to the difficulty of his situation, union regulations prohibit Lee from seeking outside employment while on strike. If he finds another job, or supplements the weekly $250 strike pay, he will lose the benefits with the union.
Some people prefer to be "temps".An employee who has been on a job for three years can hardly be considered as a temporary worker, at least to most reasonable people, yet this is happening in business and industry all around the country. Pretty unusual to see temporary workers in a union workplace and very odd to hear of temps receiving any union benefits or belonging to a union. I'm not a fan of unions but I do find something very wrong with two tiered wage scales for workers performing the same job based on one of the workers being a permanent employee while the other is a temp worker.
I would say those people are in the extreme minority.Some people prefer to be "temps".
I've never worked in the Healthcare system, I have worked in the Industrial sector as a Machinist, Tool & Die Maker and as a Millwright. I've also worked in the Business sector. I've been a business owner as well as an employee and I've worked through temp agencies on both sides of the counter, so I know what temp agencies pay their temp workers as well as what those agencies get paid for supplying companies with those workers. I've never seen a situation where temp workers were paid more than regular company employees. It is not uncommon in the industrial sector to see contract workers being paid less than 50% of what company employee's performing the same job are paid. Those worker contracts can range from day to day but, typically run from 30 day up to one year contracts. For those workers there is always the uncertainty of never knowing if they will have a job from month to month. In my view the temp agencies are responsible for nearly as much damage to the economy as exporting those jobs overseas.We never had unions in the healthcare systems I worked at, but I can tell you that temps and those who worked "as needed" received more money to make up for the lack of benefits.
More about funneling more money into the union coffers while providing little or no benefits for membership. As I mentioned earlier I've seen very few unions that included temp workers.In the UAW situation, it sounds like to me, the unions are using (unionizing) the temps just for revenue income. They really can care less, it's all about membership and control.
The fellow mentioned in the article had been working in the GM plant for 3 Years as a temp. Why should he even be classified as a temp? Again why shouldn't he be hired on as a regular employee and enjoying the same pay and benefits. Some states have tried to remedy this by setting a particular limit to length of employment beyond which an employee must be hired as a company employee. Temp agencies usually find loopholes and workarounds in these laws. I know of one state where temps are never allowed to work for the same employer for more than 30 days, and another state that works temps on a job for one year them places them on a six month layoff before they are allowed to return. It is very difficult for me to understand WHY someone would prefer to work as a temp?Think about it from GM's perspective. The base pay for full time is $30/hr but add in benefits and it averages about $63/hour. They get $33 /hr in benefits? (maybe i am interpreting that wrong?) Now tell me why a temp should get the same?
They were only beneficial to people employed by large companies with very large workforces, they could care less for workers at smaller companies other than collecting inniation fees and membership dues from them.Unions, at one time, were beneficial to the workingman. Today unions are scum that milk the members for money for union gains, power. They do the economy harm because they are an added expense to the product.
After seeing the results of a garbage collectors strike back in the early 70's I've been against all public employee unions.In some areas they do harm, such as the education system (look at chicago). Their time is nearing the end. The liberal "professors" that are indoctrinating our children are "safe" because the unions protect them....tenure is just one avenue. Remember Obamacare and the cadillac policy? Politician use the unions as a power base.
I agree; the WORST thing ever was allowing ANY public, tax-payer funded employee to be part of the unionAfter seeing the results of a garbage collectors strike back in the early 70's I've been against all public employee unions.