You know, I like to play Black Jack when ever I can. On a trip to Biloxi a while back, there was this thought at the table that IF we play as a team, the house looses and most of us go away winners. Beating the house is wonderful, but it didnt take me long to figure out that as a team player that was directly to the right of the dealer, I was four figures down while every one else made a killing. All the while before staying my game, I was close to four figures ahead.
As a teamster, but a UPS employee first, It gripes me to take things on the chin for the "betterment" of the group as a whole. One of the large battles of the strike was the creation of new full time jobs. HAvent seen too many have you? Why?
Our retirement is in shambles and the trust factor in the union when it comes to the retirement of UPS employees is at an all time low. Why? With as much as UPS is placing in the coffers we all should be taken care of well.
Or work days are long allready, the insurance pays less and less allready. And the raises we have gotten on the last contract dont keep up with the inflation rate.
So tell me, what have we gotten from the last strike and the threats of strike that we have seen in the last 10 years.
Not much if you ask me.
And as for what Robono posted, this tactic was used at our center. The thugs waited at the gates of the center intimidating the workforce to sign the strike authorization. I refused, but too many were pressured into signing. There was also the contention that several did not sign, but yet the vote was so high that 98% of the members would have had to sign it. But yet that many never did sign it, so there was fraud in the system.
Bottom line is that while I will be out by then, think long and hard if you are sure you want someone else in charge of your destiny without imput from you. It is YOUR union, and unless you stand up for what is right, those few with loud mouths will run all over all the rest of us.