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?