If your one of those people who have a job where you think at any moment you may not have a job, then your one of the millions of people who are not part of a union. Sure unions are a good thing to have, especially when you have a boss who has the power to fire you when you piss him off. I for one work at one of those jobs, where everyday I wonder if my boss will let me go because I pissed off a supplier. This causes
stress, which in turn can lead to hair loss, heart attacks, and even a nervous breakdown. But for some people out there, they have people who look out for them, when their boss is having a bad day. These people belong to what we call a union; an organization which helps creates a positive work environment for all employees. This sounds like a great thing, but when it comes to how much power a union has, it really can be a scary thing.
I say this because of what the UAW is doing now. With the power of millions of workers and millions of dollars from union dues, this super power has now decided to take on non-unionized auto plants. They are now forming an army of followers, which will stand up against non-unionized auto plants, stating that they are in breach of workers rights. Last time I checked, it was up to the workers themselves, if they wanted to form a union. And if they have not decided to form one yet, then maybe they have decided that the company they work for does not need a union. Why would you need a union if your workplace functions properly and you have everything you need. Well even if that is true, the UAW is not happy about what these people have decided to do. So instead of leaving these plants alone, they are now trying to force them to form a union.
To me, the UAW is starting to sound a lot like a dictatorship, telling you, that if you do not join them, then you will be taken out. Maybe they should look in the dictionary and see what the definition of a dictatorship is. Then they might see that forcing your beliefs onto people is not right and can lead to something even worse than a protest. If they continue to force their beliefs onto people, eventually someone powerful enough will make a stand and force them to back down. And when that does not go well, you will have an all out war on your hands. So when this finally does happen, the UAW might realize that with great power, comes great responsibility.
Now if they were to step back and take a look at the rights of all individuals, they might realize that everyone is entitled to their own opinion. If they realized this they might realize that not everyone who is part of union wants to be part of it. It sort of like living in a country you do not love. You do it because you have to, but if you could leave then you would. Of course this also goes the other way too. Some of the people at a non-unionized plant may want a union, but the majority of their peers may not want it. So in both situations you are leaving someone out.
But if the UAW wishes to continue fighting non-unionized auto plants about the fact that they’re not there, they may do so by all rights. But if they are going to start forcing people to be part of their special club, then maybe someone will stand up against them with their own army and say “I will not assimilate”.
March 24, 2011