Originally Posted by KingOfSomewhereHot
I belong to a union.
It's a requirement for my profession... I don't have a choice (other than doing something else for a living.)
The union causes me to be less productive than I could be.
I spend more time doing less work than I would if the union were not involved. (I could either do more work for more money during the same time... or I could do the same amount of work and have more days off!.. preferably choice 2.)
The people involved in the union use that position to garner more time off, money and ancillary benefits that the workers they supposedly represent do NOT get. And it is paid for by the dues of their constituency.
My experience with unions is that the people who "volunteer" for that type of work are typical corrupt politicians. They do it for personal gain at the expense of the other workers... NOT to make life better for the workers and company.
BR, back in 1911, unions were entirely necessary. Workers were being flat-out abused. From the mid 1800s to the early 1900s, industrial laborers had no real protections in terms of wages, workplace safety, etc. As you may know, some rail workers weren't even paid with U.S. currency, but with railroad tokens that could only be spent in the company-run store. Unionization helped put an end to these kinds of practices, to child labor, etc.
But this is not 1911. Unions no longer are helpful to workers, nor the companies for whom they work. They are sucking corporations and governments dry. They are corrupt to the core. And they are working in their own interests, not the interests of their members. As you may also know, I'm in a union myself as PA is closed shop, so to speak. Our system provides some protections, but it also gives me no incentive to work harder and be better at my job. All of that comes strictly from my own internal motivation. I can never make more than someone with more experience in my district, even though I put in many more hours and get better results with my students in many cases.
The point? Unions had their time and place. But times have changed.