Monday, February 28, 2011

Sorry There, Fella', But I'm Going to Have to "Card" Ya'

The party-line on "Card Check" is that it's somehow going to eliminate intimidation. I've got one word for that one, folks - BULLSHIT! I mean, sure, it totally removes the employer from the equation and all but, seriously, what about the unions? It doesn't do a blessed thing about keeping their tactics in check. AND, at least from my experience, the pressure from the pro-union folks can be just as obnoxious..............................................................................................In fact, folks, a major chunk of the people who ended up signing those frigging cards (back when the unions tried to take over our facility) did so just to get those frigging ball-busters off of their backs. And, yeah, you got it, when the actual vote did take place, the union folks were beaten back and beaten back decidedly. People apparently don't like that stuff; getting bombarded with snail-mail, phone-calls, people coming to your house when you basically just want to be left alone, etc.. Card Check, folks - it doesn't do anything about that..............................................................................................But I don't necessarily want to end this on a negative note, either. I'm a compromiser by nature and I'd fully like to offer one. How 'bout this? If the union people want to organize someplace, a mediator takes the case over. Both sides are allowed to a) disseminate X amount of information and b) take place in a series of debates in which employees are suggested (but not required) to attend. A private vote will then take place. I mean, seriously, what could be more frigging fair than that?

6 comments:

w-dervish said...

How about this... any company with more than a certain number of employees is automatically required to allow the formation of a union? No voting.

Will "take no prisoners" Hart said...

Uh, no. I think that the workers should have the right to say no (as long as they aren't coerced into it) to the union.

w-dervish said...

Union = democracy in the workplace.

Workers who would say no = democracy haters.

Now, we know Republicans hate democracy, which is why they always insist that America is a Republic and not a Democracy (which they refer to as "mob rule")...

Anyway, when it comes to establishing unions, which GIVE workers rights... why the hell would anyone (aside from wealthy plutocrats) be opposed?

Will "take no prisoners" Hart said...

The workplace isn't a democracy. Where in the hell did you get that notion? The workplace is a hierarchy in which some people are more valuable/important and less expendable. And I can tell you FOR A FACT that the promotion that I got 3 years ago, I would NOT have gotten in a union facility. I wouldn't have gotten it because the administrator liked what I was doing and created a whole new position ($5 more an hour, too) for me. That type of stuff simply CAN'T happen in a union facility......And, really, if you're such an advocate for "Democracy", why is it that you're so frigging afraid of a vote?

w-dervish said...
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w-dervish said...

I support card check, I'm not "afraid" of a vote. I didn't say the workplace is a democracy. It isn't a notion I hold. Also, employees who do a good job can't be rewarded in a union environment? I don't buy it.