Lars Larson: Labor Day and Unions

Labor Day 2009 leaves us in an interesting position. We’ve got an Administration in office right now that seem antithetical to the rights of workers.

I say that, even knowing the Obama Administration thinks of itself as a champion of workers. They like that employee Free Choice Act””the one that makes it easier for a Union to force you to be represented by the Union. That’s great news for the Union bosses but bad news for you the worker.

The fact is, over the last thirty years or so, Unions have fallen apart. Outside of the government sector where there are about 15% – 17% representation, Unions are only about 8% of the workforce. That means 92% of Americans have chosen not to be in Labor Unions.

I used to have to be in a Labor Union. I hated it the whole time. I thought I was paying for nothing. In fact, the Union did things that were antithetical to my career. I was glad to finally get out and so, apparently, are a lot of other Americans.

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  • Georgette

    I beg to differ. My union, the postal workers union, has helped me a lot. I now get better breaks, a smaller route, more money, better benefits, and a more pleasant work environment. Without the union I would most likely have to work harder for less money like those people do at FedX ground.

    Sorry, Lars, but you are way off on this one. My union has made my life better. I will gladly pay them for that. In fact, I do, each and every month.

    I just wish more people would send letters instead of emails, as I may lose my job soon.

    • Rupert in Springfield

      You know Jerry – I wouldn’t joke about the Post Office too much. Yes, they are running in the red, but that is the job of the government. They never run anything well enough to make it break even. Wasting money is their job and they do it quite well. The Post Office is no exception. However the post office at least tries to improve their service.

      I do between $200 and $300 dollars a week in shipping (we only use them for international shipping) with the postal service. Yes, its a scam because they monopolize basic overseas shipping, but even with that they actually give pretty decent service.

      Through the years I have watched the postal service improve. They are the only government service at all that has a fully functioning web site. I have seen it go from a small program to basically print letter postage to what it is now, a way to ship and track packages internationally. That might not sound like a big deal to you but it is one area where I can actually see a government agency that has actually taken proactive steps to improve itself. I cannot think of a single other government agency, other than welfare ones, that has taken such proactive steps to improve service.

  • Georgette

    But, if they are improving why are they still losing money? And why do they ship most of their stuff using FedX?
    I agree, however, that they are trying.
    Just like O is trying to shut down Gitmo.
    Sometimes simply trying is enough in and of itself.
    Job well done!

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