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Posted by taxbilly   •   Tuesday, 2012-December-11
We have seen it in Wisconsin now we see it in Michigan. I'm speaking of the unions using thugs to destroy property and to assault persons who disagree with him. What do they call it when someone says to you, "give us your money or we will hurt you?" Where I come from the call that robbery and punishable with 5 to 20 years in prison. Well that is exactly the threats are being made in Michigan as the union thugs gather in mass with the slogan, " there will be blood".

For you that have never belonged to unions let me give you a little bit of a background on what this battle is about. In Michigan the unions are allowed to have closed shops. This means that if you want to work for a business that is unionized, you must join the union and pay union dues.

What happens with these union dues may not be something that you wish to see your money go to. For instance they may use the money to support a particular party during political rallies. This includes paying people to participate in the rally. The money can even go to support social issues like illegal immigration, and abortion.

But say you're okay with these things and you don't mind your money being funneled to a particular party or cause, there are still repercussions for working in a closed shop.

For example:
The unions have great control over things like promotions. Routinely promotions are not given to the persons who the business feels deserves them the most.
They control over time, and work hours. You cannot arrange a private agreement with your employer to have half the day Monday off in exchange for coming in and working half a day Saturday.
In a union shop you may be forced to take a break even if you do not want to.
In a union shop a fellow worker who is incompetent and does not carry his load of the work may keep his job and receive his pay and full benefits just as if he was pulling his full share of the workload.
Your employer cannot come to you and tell you if you finish a job within a certain time limit you'll get a bonus. In fact you will find that if you work too fast the union will approach you and tell you to slow down, because you're making the other workers look bad.
What I am saying is that you can no longer, in a closed shop, have a personal working relationship with your employer. Your working relationship becomes a relationship with your shop steward, and he represents you in all negotiations with your employer. What this accomplishes is the good worker never gets recognized by the employer and is treated the same as the poorest worker in the business.

And in case you don't recognize what this relationship is between the employer, the Union, and the individual employee, it is called socialism.

On the other hand in the right to work state an employee can choose not to pay full union dues. What is really amazing here is that the Democrats who support closed shops do not allow and do not support close shops by US government employees. Can you imagine why they feel that way?
  1. Bob wrote on 2012-December-11 20:22:22:
    Twinkie anyone?
  2. don wrote on 2012-December-12 12:20:50:
    It is the purpose of the unions to own the companies they work for. They are totally socialist and as we see in the Twinkie strikes do not even care if they if they run the company out of business to show their power.
    It is not about jobs or pay.
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