Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Down with Unions

There is a push to increase union membership by pushing non-union shops into unions.

Here's my problem with unions in today's world.

  1. Collective bargaining actually causing layoffs and gaining little or nothing from striking. The Bobcat factory had a strike late last year, causing layoffs at a plant in another ND town. Now Bobcat is looking at laying off people in town-after only getting a 4% raise.
  2. Committee On Political Education. While the Republican congress ended forcibly taking union dues to donate to politics this still exists. When I was in high school I took a communism class C.O.P.E. figured prominently. Seeing how underhanded campaign finance is handled, I don't really trust that they wouldn't get my money.
  3. The pressure to join. When I got my current job, the union steward tried to get me to join the union, basically kicking $20 a month back to the union for my job. I told them as a matter of principle, after asking about C.O.P.E. and not getting satisfactory answers I told them as a matter of principle that I couldn't join.

Under the equal protection clause of the constitution AND since we are told by Roe v. Wade that women have the right to choose. You can't limit choice just to abortion, choice covers ALL choices.

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