We suck! We're bullies, thugs, lazy, good-for-nothings, malingerers, mobsters, stupid, whiners, cry-babies, uneducated, know-it-alls, insubordinate, two-headed asses (my personal favorite), and jerks. Did I miss anything? OK now that we got that out, what do you like about the bargaining unit working under a Union contract? What do we do well? Do you like the fact that there is structured discipline? That we can't ask for raises? That seniority can solve many issues? That the rules are there for you to turn to when you need guidance? That the vacation/sick/option/funeral/holidays are spelled out and usually get you the day off too? That the contract keeps you from doing the grunt work? (or that it's supposed to) Do you use the Union to get your employees to work together more/produce more? Do you use the Steward to 'help' problem employees get on the right path? When something unpopular comes down, such as being forced to deliver the Saturday before Christmas, do you welcome language like Article 40 that lets you point the finger elsewhere? Have you used any part of the contract to get what you needed from corporate? Share some stories where the Union and/or the Contract helped you as a Supervisor or Manager. Flame away, but I look forward to some honest responses.