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Are unions pushing us over the tipping point?

Increasing costs, decreasing productivity and employee satisfaction …

When faced with fixed costs such as the payroll, an employer is inclined to demand more of the employee. Especially, if the employer must reduce staff in order to meet a burgeoning payroll. Therefore, with union-mandated work rules and increasing costs, it is entirely probable that the remaining employees must work harder to allow the company to stay in the same competitive posture. Thus true productivity decreases and employee satisfaction suffers greatly.

Buying political favor resulting in a massive rise in the cost of bureaucracy…

There is no doubt that politicians pander to the union, both for their votes and their considerable campaign funds. While nobody consults each and every member to develop a consensus opinion, the union expends massive amounts of money to benefit the union and its leadership; which hopefully will trickle down to benefit its hard working members.

Living the good life …

Many people forget that running a union is similar to running a corporation without,  of course, having to continually produce results. Most of the union’s effort goes into recruiting additional members to keep the union flush with operational cash and beau coup investable funds. Although they earn smaller salaries and have no recourse to stock options, many union officials live exactly the same lifestyle as major corporate executives who must produce rising profits to satisfy investors. I found it quite startling to find an unmarked executive jet parked at an airport that was plainly visible from the runway-side hotel I was staying at. Considering that I was less than 5-hours away from the union’s headquarters, it seemed strange that they would spend the time and money to let two executives travel in style rather than use commercial transportation. All I conclude is that it is extremely to be the king.

Merit? What is merit?

But my worst complaint about unions is that it reduces most employee compensation to a formulaic approach which rewards seniority over actual merit. In one case, the union is demanding that a person who is making $12.75 /hour for a relatively unskilled food-service position should be bumped to $15.00/hour with corresponding hikes in the employer’s contribution to retirement pension, health and welfare costs. Unfortunately, this organization as skilled technical assistants who are now earning $15.00/hour and must, to preserve the parity between tasks, be bumped to at least $17.00/hour. Thus the raise percolates upward without any corresponding increase in productivity or any observable benefit for the organization.

The myth of the happy employee …

For those who union-supporters and others who claim that the raise will produce a happier employee, the claim is relatively bogus. Unless the person is doing something that they thoroughly enjoy, most employees tend to become increasingly dissatisfied with both their jobs and compensation as time progresses.  Especially after the additional funds are incorporated into the rising costs of daily living in these financially troubled times or absorbed into an enhanced lifestyle.

The democrats and their union supporters are backing illegal alien immigration …

Not only for the purposes of enhancing a democrat voting block in the future, but also to counter the declining union membership and funds as more and more jobs are outsourced to overseas companies.

Often the union’s mantra is that illegal aliens are doing the work that “Americans” cannot or will not perform. Which may be true enough, but one must ask themselves what are the wages and benefits being offered.

It is a well-known fact that automation in the agricultural industry has always been impeded by the relatively cheap cost of labor. Something both the unions and the corporate owners of agribusiness want to see continue. The employers to obtain cheap and compliant labor and the unions to build a bigger power base of dues paying workers. I live close enough to a major rural agricultural area to see how agricultural workers are treated and it is not pretty. They are essentially told “take it or leave it” when it comes to jobs. Especially since there will be another illegal alien to take their position in a heartbeat. Both the employer and the unions treat these poor people like crap.

A solution to the illegal alien problem …

Yes, my position is that I greatly resent and deplore the mass of illegal aliens that are destroying California’s healthcare, educational, judicial, financial, social and cultural infrastructure. But on a person-to-person basis, I have nothing but sympathy for those who are being unfairly exploited.

Therefore, my idea of comprehensive immigration reform is relative simple:

Seal the borders against the increasing tide of illegal aliens and those who are bringing disease, drugs, poverty, illiteracy and other social ills into our country.

Modify the existing law to make a newborn’s citizenship that of its parents. No more anchor babies as an inducement to enter this country illegally.

Control the workplace and have workers sponsored by specific employers using a temporary work visa that is controlled by a computerized tracking system and which uses tamper-proof identification methods.

Do not give any current illegal alien a path to citizenship, but provide an open-ended visa to allow their stay in this country as long as they are not convicted on a felony or a series of misdemeanors. Illegal aliens would be given 60-90 days to register with no grace period and very few exceptions. Anyone found in this country after this period would be deported with their family back to their native land.

Any illegal alien caught voting in an election is subject to immediate deportation. Require voter identification before casting a ballot. Take even stricter precautions with absentee ballots.

Penalize and fine any employer, union or other organization that aids and abets the importation of illegal aliens or offers them sanctuary without being registered as illegal aliens. Remove the tax exemption from church properties that are used to harbor illegal aliens. Decertify any union at the place of employment if illegal aliens are found to be working with the union’s permission.

When does it end?

There used to be a time when a union’s work and safety rules were necessary to save lives. When the union was the only thing that kept employees from being routinely abused. However, considering all of the local, state and federal protective laws on the books and with an employee’s access to any number of legal resources, the need for this type of collective protection has greatly declined.

As with most other places in the world, unions are the bastion of far-left radicals that want to effect political change through making use of a nation’s laws against itself to push their social and political agendas.

Perhaps it is time to take a closer look at the impact the unions are having on our nation and insuring that they are not being co-opted by those who harbor hostile or anti-American sentiment.

What can YOU do?

If you are a union member, watch what your leadership is doing in your name. Get involved. Even though it may be difficult, make your position known. If you are being threatened or coerced into taking actions with which you disagree, file an anonymous report with the National Labor Relations Board or send a tip to the media.

If you are not a union member, consider carefully the benefits and detriments of union membership before becoming involved with a union.

And for everybody, watch which issues unions support and which candidates receive their campaign funds. Look for positions with which you disagree and then vote against the candidate or the position.

Vote – make your voice heard.

While there are any number of decent, law-abiding and hard-working union members, the same cannot often be said for its senior leadership. Deny them the path to power when you vote for local and national officers.

This is your America and it is rapidly becoming something no one wants: a third world nation controlled by political elites and their special interest friends. It is this massive conflict of interest that is rapidly destroying our homeland. Be vigilant and vote.

Do not vote for any candidate or current politician who is willing to subvert the safety, security, sovereignty and economic strength of the United States or limit an individual's right of self-defense for their personal philosophy, power, prestige or profits.

-- steve

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