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Wed Dec 12, 2012, 06:57 AM

Union workers who hate unions. I don't get it. [View all]

I have a friend who was a union worker for Ford Motor Company his entire life. He has a high-school education. He made a good living, working lots of overtime to take advantage of the higher pay rate. He recalls with fondness the years (yes, years) when he was laid off, yet still getting paid a hefty chunk of his normal income.

My friend is now retired. He had no savings whatsoever, but he's ok. He has a little house on a lake, and he lives on his Ford pension and enjoys his Medicare.

This same friend hates unions with a passion. His face turns red when he talks about it. If you ask him why, he just starts ranting about how the union took his money.

I have many other blue-collar, unionless, powerless, working-till-they-drop-because-they-have-no-other-choice friends who live in Michigan, who for whatever vague reasons think this "Right To Work" movement is a good thing.

What they heck are they thinking? I just don't get it.

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