Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Union Has Your Back

Most people would take the title as something meaning that the union is "looking out for you". Sadly, that is not the case here. No, what I mean by "the union has your back" is that they have your back doing all the work while they live large off of your sweat.

While men and women toil away building automobiles in factories, union bosses clink their glasses and smoke their stogies in luxurious splendor, paid for with union dues. Fox News Reports:

Autoworkers Union Keeps $6 Million Golf Course for Members at $33 Million Lakeside Retreat

It sounds like a nice perk for the members, but it's really a nice perk for the people that members pay for "protection". Sure, union members can play golf there...at reduced rates. That's awfully big of the bosses. While the people who actually perform the labor struggle to get by - in some cases - the people who do little more than collect dues get rich.

To make matters worse, the facility has struggled to get by, costing the union more than 23 million dollars over the past five years. It's okay, though, because President Bush just gave the thumbs-up to fork over 17 billion dollars to the industry. Maybe the UAW will go on strike again until the companies shore up the country club.

What bothers me perhaps the most, however, is why no news outlet has cared to look into this until now. I would wager that many members were completely oblivious to the existence of this club and where their dues money has been going.

I have been in several unions - through necessity - and I have always been bitter toward the elitist attitudes of those who ostensibly worked for me.
Then again, I should be accustomed to that attitude by now; it is exhibited by my public "servants" constantly.

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