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Response to John2 (Reply #44)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 01:01 PM

52. I am sharing the stories my family tells about Unions.

 

I have never been a union member, but the roof over my head and the food in my stomach for most of my life has come from the auto industry.

My father was salary. He hated the Union. I have explained why with two different examples: the guys he got put in jail (sometimes only for overnight) who weren't prosecuted by the COMPANY because bargains were made by Management and Union Leaders. This also ties into the second story (again his) - the guy who was stealing wages from the company while "on the clock" who kept his job (while the Union Leaders gave up parking lot lights, which would have benefitted all of the workers). (Paragraph 1 and 2)

My father-in-law was Union. The "dog-and-pony-show" farce made him lose his respect. (Paragraph 3)

Paragraph 4 is Union Uncle. He could have been a thief; he saw it, and lost respect.

Paragraph 5 is my husband. I still remember him coming home shaken and angry with the situation. It made him sick. The entire culture of the company was corrupt, and the fact the maintenance guys did what they did was accepted standard practice. My husband was young for the position; the only thing that could have been done was fire every single one of the guys who were doing this - and that wasn't going to happen.

Four men I love and trust, sharing their experiences of life with me: Don't Trust The Unions; They Are Corrupt. We Are Better Off Without Them.

And I have been raised in Michigan thanks to the American Auto Industry.

The original poster wanted to know why "union folk" HATE the union. I shared the perspectives that have been shared with me - two union and two salary. Take it for what it is worth.

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