WHY UNIONS SUCK

Ever wonder why men would hang out at union halls waiting for a short-term job? I did. I wondered why they didn’t seek a regular, full-time job instead of waiting for days for one that might last only a single day. It turns out that employers who need a short term union worker have to pay 2, 3, 4 times the normal wage for these part-time workers.

My neighbor back in Washington is one of these. I asked him once why he didn’t get a full time job in his trade as a welder and he told me how much more he got paid hourly by taking those short term jobs.

As it is, unionised shops have to pay much higher wages than non-union businesses, plus there’s benefits packages and retirement funds that eat another huge chunk of what would otherwise have been profits for the business owners.

Unions came into being as a means of protecting workers from harsh and unsafe working conditions and unfairly low wages, and were a good thing that helped make America a much better country. The Unions brought the monopolist industries into line and had a lot to do with the creation of the middle class in our country.

Nothing ever stays the same, though, and Communists and organized crime saw big opportunities in controlling unions, and the unions were taken over. The Communists wanted the “Workers, Unite” political power of being able to influence millions of American workers, while organized crime wanted their hands on the membership and retirement funds, as well as the power that the unions gave them over the unionized shops. They could and did call strikes to paralyze businesses and force the owners to cave in to what were often very unreasonable demands, or shut down entirely.

The practice of striking makes the employees suffer as much or more than the companies. The constant demands for higher wages that companies simply aren’t making enough profit to pay, has caused the demise of a lot of businesses, and now another big one has bit the dust.

Hostess,¬† the maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread, is shutting down after 82 years of continuous business, because of The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union’s strikes and unreasonable demands that Hostess is simply unable to meet. They have no choice but to go out of business, it’s 18,500 UNION employees are losing their jobs, and their UNION bosses say that it’s not their fault but the fault of Hostess.

OF COURSE it’s the fault of the union bosses, you cavilling sons of bitches! You thought you could get more golden eggs from that goose if you just squeezed harder, but you killed the poor bird instead and now all that gold you were getting, you’ll never see again. You stupid, greedy pigs! Thanks a lot for making prices higher and our recession deeper. Do you think all those 18,500 people are still going to be paying union dues to you when they have no money to eat and pay rent with?

There may still be a few unions that have honest leadership and really are out to protect their members, but most of them long ago started using the members as badly as the monopolists did. By continally pushing for higher wages, they only benefitted themselves in charging higher union dues. For all the rest of us, including the workers, higher wages means higher prices, so nothing is really gained.

Unions have served their purpose. That was then. Now they’re nothing but parasites on America, holding us down and keeping people out of work instead of opening up the job market, and they need to be tossed into the dustbin of history.

It may be an urban myth that Hostess Twinkies have a forever shelf life because of all the preservatives in them, but buy one and put it on a shelf and see if it outlasts unions.

Wouldn’t that be fitting if it did?

19 Responses to “WHY UNIONS SUCK”

  1. I used to make strawberry shortcakes out of Hostess Twinkies. A lazy approach, but a great treat and easy to put together.

    The time of benefits resulting from unions is gone. Now we have unionocracy! In other words, a thugocracy.

    This morning, the liberal anchors on CBS news show were rejoicing in the demise of Twinkies. “Less obesity and diabetes!” they crowed. Idiots. Without Twinkies and like Hostess products, I’ll just go down the street to Dunkin Donuts.

    I will miss Hostess’s Beefsteak Rye Bread — my favorite off-the-shelf brand of seeded rye bread. I bought a loaf just last week for my turkey sandwiches.

  2. Chris says:

    Your publication is based on half truths. Unions used to make up roughly 40 percent of the work force in this country, and now it is down to about 11 percent; and yet you suggest that “unionacrocy” is a growing threat.

    The reailty is that history is repeating itself. Millionaires are becoming billionaires; not through merit or hard work, but by misappropriating middle class tax dollars. (Note: Union workers pay taxes!!) Government bailouts, nepotism and political slants in the controlled media against unions are the current trend in America. I am a union worker and have not seen a cost of living raise in almost 4 years, and yet the unrepresented CEOs and other upper echelon personnel who cannot manage themselves, let alone a company or an organization have received steady raises and bonuses in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. These people accept their bonuses as the infrastructure collapses and gleefully point the finger at the union worker who is working harder for less for their companies demise. Cost of living and taxes increase, but the union worker paycheck does not.

    This is the reality of the middle class, whether they are belong to a union or not. Your rant is without merit or integrity.

  3. Black Sheep says:

    My rant is without merit or integrity. Really! Boy, are you full of it!

    If unions are so wonderful, then why has their membership fallen 29%, as you say yourself? You haven’t seen a cost of living increase in 4 years? Then why are you still in a union? Self-hatred? Stupidity? What IS your problem?

    Millionaires have become billionaires not because of stealing middle class dollars, and you have no proof of that. You’re just parroting the Leftist, Marxist line. The fact is, inflation has made a million dollars common. Homes that sold for $1500 in 1955 sell for $200,000 now. Do the math.

    I don’t blame you for being jealous of those who climbed the corporate ladder and got rich, instead of doing like you and being just another worker, but you chose your course in life. Bummer that you didn’t go to college or mary the company president’s daughter, but there’s only so many top jobs and daughters to go around, you know?

  4. Unions forced me to move from Catapiller dominated Peoria, Il. I was a non union worker in sales and I couldn’t afford inflated health care costs, inflated food prices, etc.

  5. FriedSpareRib says:

    Yes Unions Suck, I have been a strong anti-union individual for almost 20 years now, and was raised in a union household, I remember the steelworkers and teachers strike in the mid 70s, how Wisconsin was held hostage and the schools closed, I have worked as a contractor in many union companies over the years, and know first hand the inner workings of these companies, have seen Great Companies close due to strikes, labor disputes for as petty as a nickle raise, have had windows shot out, family threaten, verbal abuse in break rooms against me, tools and equipment stolen or drop into dumpsters, factory equipment destroyed, but I remain steadfast because I believe in America and your right to have an voice, I think union members have forgotten why we left Europe many years ago, don’t stress over cupcakes, they will return and it wont be a union company, did I mention Michigan in now a right to work state, yep, home of the UAW, forced to become a right to work state out of survival, one thing I can share over my years of experience is that you don’t have to fight the unions, sit back and watch them die by their own hand, self inflicted wound.

  6. We The People says:

    Those damned anti-union Republicans! They don’t understand… Us working men and women need all of the money made by these thieving billionaires so that we can spend it on pot, porn, and abortion operations! Those so-called hard working business owners need to realize that we the people are entitled to have every cent they earn, even if we don’t work for it in the first place! The rest of the money needs to go to the government so that we can get more free stuff and Obama’s family can go on more awesome vacations and golf tournaments!

  7. Black Sheep says:

    Damn right! Now you got it! Skreech, flap flap flap. Free stuff. Gimme more free stuff!

  8. Texan says:

    Loved your article! I used to work in a union environment.

    I went to college- and went to work for a production facility that was union. My views are my own, and of my own experience. Unions protect lazy people. The reason union employees are so mean and paranoid, is that God forbid anyone works hard or thinks for themselves to make a decision- because then, “the company would expect that from all of them”.

    You are correct, unions were needed at one time to protect people from long hours and harsh work environments in the 1800′s- but are no longer needed!

    Loved the Hostess paragraph.

  9. My two cents says:

    I do have mixed emotions about unions. First off, yes some of them are plain disgraceful but we can’t generalize them as a whole because there are some honorable ones out there. My wife and I (both 25) work for the same grocery company (Roundy’s) while we finish our last year of college (Nursing students). We’re both assistant managers because we actually try at work. My wife actually started working at a union location and says she has never worked with such a lazy group of people. They’re slow, unorganized, and they slack off because they know they are protected by the union. She gives orders and they look at her like “how dare you”. I, myself, work in a corporate-run environment (Don’t ask me how some stores are union and some are not because I simply don’t know and it makes no sense and I never bothered to look it up so if any of you know then feel free to enlighten me) and frankly this environment is not much better. Though we are witnessing an increase in customer volume and profits, labor costs are being cut and while the list of tasks grows longer and I can see the frustration and exhaustion in my co-workers. Her union store receive their raises like clock work while mine are either late, or never come and they have imposed a wage cap. At one point wage increases were frozen due the economy’s decline a few years back. As you can see, same job, same company, two different worlds. I don’t really have a point to this, I just wanted to tell my story and receive feedback from the general public. Your thoughts?

  10. My two cents says:

    Also, forgive any typos. I didn’t bother to proof read. Thanks.

  11. Black Sheep says:

    You’re talking about the Walmart Syndrome, though Walmart is probably not nearly the worst offender among corporations. Mega-companies tend to strive for maximum profit at the least expenditure, because they’re political. They have shareholders, who elect Board Officers, who set company policy, and those Officers make lotsa moola and want to keep their jobs. They do that by giving good profit reports to their shareholders.

    In our current job-seeker economy, workers are plentiful and wages thus can be kept low, but everything cycles and this sort of greed comes at a price. It’s precisely poor wages and working conditions that inspired both the rise of unions and the rise of independent entrepreneurship simultaneously. The unions improved the lives and incomes of workers, as did all those new privately owned enterprises, but then the unions moved to incorporate the private-enterprise workers into their membership.

    In some cases this was a good thing for the workers, but in others it was bad all around, as Hostess is only the latest example of.

    Now it’s just about full circle, only with the corporations behaving much like the unions, and the only thing holding back a whole new wave of entrepreneurship is just a little more improvement in our economy. This is coming, mostly because Chinese worker’s lives – and wages – have risen so much. The picture of Chinese streets jammed up with people on bicycles is history. Now they’re all driving cars, competing heavily in the petroleum market, and building lots of modern skyscrapers, all with the money they made by copying our products while causing our factories to close.

    Their per capita income has risen so high that we’ve become competitive again, and already there are new start-up factories here that are competing with Chinese imports. If those new companies can stay union-free, more will keep opening and the day will come when America is back on her feet again. Though I have to add that we won’t really get a good shot at this until Obama is out of office. I never thought anyone could actually be worse than Jimmy Carter, but I was oh, so wrong.

    Something to keep in mind about present-day unions is that most of them work hand in hand with the unionized corporations, taking big kickbacks for preventing strikes and pay raises. Corruption is ultimately its own worst enemy, however, which is why the unions are dying. Decay becomes rot.

  12. Unionssuck.com says:

    I’m sorry. Power to the people that brought this country back to its feet working union jobs for a fair wage. But unions today are a joke that just makes this country look bad. Lazy workers who get paid at least twice the wage of a full time worker for doing half the job. And god forbid he do any more than that or else they strike. Unions workers are the f’ers that have run this country into recessions and into debt. Their greediness is what has driven up costs on domestic products and driven Americans to buy from foreign resources. Too bad our government is too full of liberal dimwits who don’t realize what this pathetic organization called a union is destroying our country. This country was born off hard work and equal pay for all citizens. Not greedy, lazy pay because you happened to screw your company into the union. You can call it what you want , but unions are nothing but lazy people who work the hours they want and love thriving off the system. You are no different then people on welfare.

  13. jethrow says:

    Unions are killing this country, even at its 11%! This is evident in several key elections in the past few years. Everyone knows most union members mean well when they first get the job but quickly get corrupted by fellow employees that are lazy and buck the system! It happens so quick that the new employee gets a self inflated sense of importantance to the company. Most get so comfortable, they get cocky. You ever notice how most quickly get new items( house, car, motor cycle) and get the sense of entitlement? Most gain weight at a rapid weight. Then when a slow down hits the company, they get angry, scared and act irrational if they think a raise to earnings won’t be met. They begin to believe the chants the union bosses tell them at their meetings. Then they rally. The members show up and get a speech from from fat, old union boss that sounds like they are getting ready to charge a hill in battle! It’s disgusting! The members are all mad, shaking their fist. Many wearing red shirts with Che Guerra pics on them, banging drums, acting like ass holes! The dangerous thing is they get sympathy from the public for their ridiculous demands. They even work to get out the vote. All provided by union dues!

  14. Kel Kelly says:

    “Unions came into being as a means of protecting workers from harsh and unsafe working conditions and unfairly low wages, and were a good thing that helped make America a much better country. The Unions brought the monopolist industries into line and had a lot to do with the creation of the middle class in our country.”

    Keep doing your research and you will learn that these too are myths.

  15. Black Sheep says:

    Oh? Well, where’s yours, then? What do you mean, “Keep doing your research”? What I said is historically true. If you disagree, state your case, don’t leave us hanging….

  16. Lou says:

    It’s worse for airline employees , I live in the right to work state of Texas ans am forced to join because of the Railroad Act. Continental merged with crappy United and we got the IAM.

  17. Alsnwdrlnd says:

    I also live in Texas and worked for Continental in a non-union, worker-friendly environment for 18 years pre-merger with unionized United. Now, I will get to pay dues for port work rules, an oppressive work environment and little union protection because the union is too busy padding their paychecks and flitting around the country at my expense. If I leave you with one thought: NOT ALL UNION MEMBERS ARE HAPPY THEY ARE UNION MEMBERS!

  18. Michel says:

    Most union members don’t care to get involved with the process for various reasons, including fear of ostracism and thuggery retribution from the very people who promised to protect them.

  19. Union Member says:

    Many truths in this article. I am a union member in a weak state and its been an uphill struggle since I got involved. Favoritism, nepotism, poor management, weak leadership, etc. Those of us that are highly skilled (the few) are outnumbered by the lazy simpletons that are just looking for a paycheck. The higher ups bend the rules in their favor, and they continue to do so even as the available work dwindles year after year because nobody wants to ‘deal’ with unions anymore. Not surprising considering the amount of corruption. It’s sad considering what it could be, but it isn’t getting better, so it’s better off a thing of the past. On the positive side, some of the greatest people I’ve ever met happened to be union men, and I’ve gained many high-dollar skills along the way.

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