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  • I have worked my whole career while in a union

    9 10.98%
  • I belong to one currently

    15 18.29%
  • I have never and would never join one

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Thread: How many here belong a union in the public or private sector? Why? or Why not?

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    How many here belong a union in the public or private sector? Why? or Why not?

    I have had two union jobs in the past (early 80's) but after seeing what each stood for I secured positions where my performance as an individual could be graded and rewarded.

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    Re: How many here belong a union in the public or private sector? Why? or Why not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rocketman View Post
    I have had two union jobs in the past (early 80's) but after seeing what each stood for I secured positions where my performance as an individual could be graded and rewarded.
    Looks like a good argument for minimum wage.

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    Re: How many here belong a union in the public or private sector? Why? or Why not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Moot View Post
    Looks like a good argument for minimum wage.
    I will make about 7 times the money of my first union job and 4 times my last union job this year. Performance pay is great for those that are willing to do it

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    Re: How many here belong a union in the public or private sector? Why? or Why not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rocketman View Post
    I will make about 7 times the money of my first union job and 4 times my last union job this year. Performance pay is great for those that are willing to do it
    Well, without knowing what you do or where you work, your vague antedotal evidence proves nothing.

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    Re: How many here belong a union in the public or private sector? Why? or Why not?

    I have never been in one personally but I did oversee a bunch of union guys (I was the environmental guy)

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    Re: How many here belong a union in the public or private sector? Why? or Why not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rocketman View Post
    I have had two union jobs in the past (early 80's) but after seeing what each stood for I secured positions where my performance as an individual could be graded and rewarded.
    I worked for the telephone company for about six months -- IBEW union. I resented the dues. Offered to work when the workers struck. By contract, I couldn't. I was pissed as hell. I never liked what they stood for -- which, as I saw it, was keeping everyone mediocre and stifling ingenuity.
    The devil whispered in my ear, "You cannot withstand the storm." I whispered back, "I am ​the storm."

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    Re: How many here belong a union in the public or private sector? Why? or Why not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Moot View Post
    Well, without knowing what you do or where you work, your vague antedotal evidence proves nothing.
    I consult users of coal and natural gas on other alternative fuels that could reduce their production cost while helping generators achieve sustainability goals.

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    Re: How many here belong a union in the public or private sector? Why? or Why not?

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    I worked for the telephone company for about six months -- IBEW union. I resented the dues. Offered to work when the workers struck. By contract, I couldn't. I was pissed as hell. I never liked what they stood for -- which, as I saw it, was keeping everyone mediocre and stifling ingenuity.
    What do you think your wages at the phone company would have been without the union?

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    Re: How many here belong a union in the public or private sector? Why? or Why not?

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    I worked for the telephone company for about six months -- IBEW union. I resented the dues. Offered to work when the workers struck. By contract, I couldn't. I was pissed as hell. I never liked what they stood for -- which, as I saw it, was keeping everyone mediocre and stifling ingenuity.
    I totally agree, the two I belonged to protected the weakest members. Stronger more determined members were forced to carry these people, much like what we see today with the Obama administration.

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    Re: How many here belong a union in the public or private sector? Why? or Why not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Moot View Post
    What do you think your wages at the phone company would have been without the union?
    They were pretty crappy with the union. When I left that job, I got an automatic $50/week raise. That was quite a while ago...when public utilities used the line, "You're working in public service." Ha! I was 18 years old -- I couldn't have cared less about health insurane and retirement plans. Ahhh, youth.
    The devil whispered in my ear, "You cannot withstand the storm." I whispered back, "I am ​the storm."

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