Amazing that 90% of your response was negative about unions. yet you still insist unions are great. I wonder why? Do you belong to a union? Because I have seen unions give high paying jobs to people who couldnt even do them over higher qualified people. I did my clinical rotation at a unionize hospital. The union there did not help, it hurt them and their patients. That hospital eventually went bankrupt and was bought out by a NON UNION.
So I dont understand your love for unions, even after reading your post. because all I can see is you worry about un checked business. The people will take care of bussiness that dont take care of them.
Just so you know, I have always respected your writings and post. I still do.
one more thing. since you lean republican 80% of the time, you are aware that Unions lean Left 100% of the time.
I was a member of a union when I was a federal employee. Before I took that job I kind of had the same attitude towards unions as you do. I have family and friends that are union members and I always wondered why they had such a strong support for unions because up until I was working with the federal government I had never been apart of a union. The shop I worked in developed hardware and software network interfaces for various equipment and systems (Military). We had several different managers and department heads due to the nature of the work, some civilians but mostly military. I had no plans on joining the union but just one year after starting I found myself needing help with a new department head (Military) that had a friend (retired military) who he wanted to place in my job.
It started by him giving me instructions on what he wanted done. The when it was completed he would complain that I didn't follow his instructions and that he had given me different instructions. I was miffed by this the first couple of times but just tried to make the guy happy and kept doing what he asked. after a couple of weeks of this I had another department head approach me and accuse me of purposefully delaying my work which was causing his department to fall behind and that he knew of the problems the other department head was having with me. I was blown away by that. So I confronted the guy that started all this. He told me he was tired of my poor performance and my inability to follow detailed instructions and if I didn't improve he would have me terminated(my direct supervisor, a civilian just gave me an excellent evaluation). At this point every time I went to talk to that guy I took a witness. That helped but then all of a sudden I start having some of the other department heads doing the same thing, my department head pulled me into his office and said he was starting to get complaints. I explained what was going on and he was NOT surprised and went on to explain how he had been hearing rumors they wanted me gone so they could hire the other guys friend. Low and behold while I'm sitting in his office the guy that started this walked in with a formal complaint and is writing me up for not following his instructions, after three write ups you are terminated and I had seen a couple of people terminated. At this point I realized what was going on and joined the union. Once the union got involved it got even worse. Multiple department heads would assign online training that had to be done by the end of the day but give me 8 hours of work knowing the training couldn't be completed, was accused of sexually harassing a man, called a liar more times than I can count, put into another department so I could be shifted to a flex schedule then assigned crazy hours all hours of the night and weekends. They even tried to get my security clearance revoked which would be a death sentence in my line of work because private contractors will not hire you in my line of work if your clearance has been revoked for any reason.
The icing on the cake was when I had to take emergency leave for a death in the family, my brother had passed. Our shop was a test and research facility that required travel to different testing sites throughout the world and because of this if you wanted to take leave for more than a week you had to have all department heads sign off on it which is understandable. I found out about this at 2:30am on a Friday so Saturday morning I had to call all the department heads to get approval because I needed to take a week of leave for the following week. That one department head said he could allow it because I was needed for a test he had scheduled the following Thursday. which was odd because we usually knew of test weeks in advanced. So I called the family told them I couldn't come down explained the situation. Monday morning he approached me offered his condolences and apologized for having to deny the request for leave. He then went on to explain how this test requirement had just came up Friday. I said it was fine I understood because of they type of work we did. Wednesday he approached me and said he was mistaken the test was the following week. I was furious, I knew exactly what he had done. I immediately called the union rep and asked him to go with me to speak to the commanding officer. I knew I was breaking the chain of command but I didn't care I wanted to talk to the CO. When the union rep arrived we went to the headquarters building, the CO was not happy I showed up with a union rep and went on the defensive, which is understandable. I was as polite as I could be and asked him if he could simply fix the problem with this guy, the union rep explained everything that had happened over the coarse of time and explained that he had documented it and spoke to witnesses that verified my complaints. The CO defending a fellow military officer said people make mistakes and that his department head just made a mistake on the dates of the test, he then said he didn't see any reason to speak with the department head over the matter and politely said that I was wasting his time.
We left his office and went to the union office where I filed six different grievances against the government, the department head, and the CO. It was the EEO and the hostile work environment grievances that got there attention because those go outside of the command all the way to OPM (Office of Personnel Management). The day the union formally filed the paper work things began to change for the better. It was submitted that morning and by that after noon I was in front of the CO. Now he wanted to fix the problem, now he was willing to talk to his department head, he even offered to move the guy to another division. I didn't even respond, I looked at my union rep and told him we were done and I was leaving. The look on the CO's face was priceless. The department head was transferred to another command the next day. From that point on I had zero problems, zero harassment, and zero complaints about my performance. I stayed employed with them for another 4 years then left to go work with Siemens group. I was with Siemens for 6 years before the issue was settled.
That is the reason I believe the unions are still useful, still needed and I support them. It does piss me off to see all the corruption in the unions, it does piss me off to see them choke the life out of businesses and government due to there own greed and wants, and it really pisses me off that they are aligned 100% with democrats. They helped me immensely in dealing with a very bad situation that could have had a profound negative impact on myself and my family for many years. For that I am grateful.