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Away From Home

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Seen on the Metro this morning

On the Red line, out by Fort Totten, you can see this sign:

"Unions: The people that brought you the weekend."

An interesting sentiment, in that it's not at all incorrect.


  • Unions: the destroyers of the freedom of choice by forcing companies to only hire Union workers. It's tyranny.

    By Blogger Logan C. Adams, at 6/14/2005 11:33:00 AM  

  • Not really; the unions protect the workers, and they protect the members. Without unions, there would be no minimum wage, and no five day week, either. Many of the safety requirements we take forgranted are the product of unions. Companies can hire outside the unions, but many have signed agreements not to do so. That's just the way it is. I think the good overshadows the bad.

    By Blogger Mela, at 6/14/2005 01:12:00 PM  

  • Scott, Leanne, I respect you both.

    I believe in Unions, they have done great things in the past.

    But now they (the union leaders ) are a bunch of weak, old institutions that have allowed themselves to get too close to mananagment, I believe, and they're failing to do their jobs. (general opinion I have after listening to a few union workers talk, feel free to discredit it, I won't be hurt)

    And yes, I believe a closed shop is tyranny, and even more so if the Union choses not to stick up for a paying member just because they don't want to. (Read Rep. J.C. Watts's book for an excellent example.)

    I'm not saying their useless or bad, I'm telling them to go somewhere else for a pat on the back. After all, I spent my last saturday doing Tirework and pumping gas.

    Perhaps Drew and I should start a Union...

    By Blogger Logan C. Adams, at 6/14/2005 02:03:00 PM  

  • I'm not saying unions are all good, I'm saying look at what they've done for the American worker before you dismiss them out of hand. I think there are definitely some changes to be made (the same is true for pretty much any modern organization!), but that unions are not the bearers of all that is evil or anything like that.

    By Blogger Mela, at 6/14/2005 04:24:00 PM  

  • Come on -- you can't say that Wal-Mart doesn't need unionization.

    By Blogger Scott, at 6/14/2005 08:38:00 PM  

  • They do need it, Unions should get active instead of sitting on the laurels, demanding tribute.

    By Blogger Logan C. Adams, at 6/14/2005 11:04:00 PM  

  • Excuse me? --- Why the Wal-Mart example? Wal-Mart doesn't even have employees that could form a union. They have associates that are partners,and thus stockholders in the company. I believe that is at least part of why Sam Walton made the decisions he made. Create a family --- not management vs employee atmosphere.

    By Anonymous DOD, at 6/15/2005 01:07:00 AM  

  • Sam Walton died, and a whole lot followed after him, including the soul Wal-Mart had.

    By Blogger Logan C. Adams, at 6/15/2005 01:13:00 AM  

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