Chicago Teachers Union to Hold One Day Strike

One of the biggest communist front groups in America, the Chicago Teachers Union, will be holding a one day strike on April 1 to draw attention to their contract negotiations.

Led by one of the biggest pinkos on the planet, Karen Lewis, this is a group that has never missed an opportunity to use thuggery and blackmail against the city it supposedly serves in order to further its own purpose. [Read more…]

Why I Don’t Like Unions

It seems that there is some trouble brewing in Collier County Florida. The school district had to change the President’s Day holiday to a hurricane makeup day. The union filed a grievance because they were not given a paid day off and were not paid time-and-a-half for working on a holiday. The school board told the union that the grievance was out of line and the threat of a work stoppage (strike) would not be tolerated. Not only would it not be tolerated, they said it would render the entire agreement null and void, i.e. you’re all fired.

Well, good for the school board for pointing out the obvious: these workers were already paid for a day of work on which they did not work. The school board chose to use this Monday as the makeup day. Now the union wanted either a paid holiday (paid day off) or time and a half for working on a holiday. But they already got the paid day off last fall due to hurricanes. In fact, they got seven paid days off and they are only currently scheduled to make up two of those.  In my world, that is referred to as double-dipping.

It is this type of thinking that makes people like me disgusted with the entitlement mentality. If you read the attached article, make sure you read the first comment at the bottom and you will see what I am talking about. The poster begins by throwing in a healthy dose of “wealth envy” and pointing out their teachers and staff are horribly underpaid. OK. I’ll buy that. Teaching is one of the most important jobs in the world today, so I’ll agree, they may be underpaid. But read on and the poster says

Employees always have the right to refuse to supply their labor.

True, but this just reinforces my claim that this is an entitlement mindset since the poster (clearly a member of the union), through their own comments, does not believe that employment is a two-way street. Sure employees have the right to refuse to supply labor. The employer then has the right to refuse to supply employment.

In a free market economy, employment is not an entitlement. Wages are not an entitlement. Paid days off are not an entitlement. Health benefits, pensions, commuting reimbursment, and other benefits are not an entitlement. These are all benefits (i.e. perks) that are offered by the employer to attract talented employees. If there is no competition for employees, it goes the other way. If you don’t like the deal, sure you are allowed to not work. But don’t cry when your job is then given to someone else.

If you want a society where jobs and benefits are an entitlement, move to France. Then you can have the privilege of complaining about why your economy can’t keep up with global competition.

[ Grievance leads to anger for local union head ]

Huh?

This ranks right up there as the most ridiculous thing that I have ever heard of. Temp workers employed through Allied Forces/Labor Express by the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union to picket Wal-Mart. They’re being paid $6 an hour, with no benefits to protest the working conditions inside the new Wal-Mart grocery store in Henderson, NV.

What would actually make more sense, is for these guys to unionize and picket the UFCW for unfair wages and no benefits and having to work (read: carry their picket signs) with no shade. Oh, and while they’re at it, they should probably ask for a Port-O-Let as well since they have to cross the street to use the restroom. I’ve been at the intersection of Stephanie Street and American Pacific Drive in Henderson and having to cross that street to use the bathroom would put OSHA into a twist.

What kind of message are Allied Forces/Labor Express and UFCW sending here? “Watch out Wal-Mart or we’ll hire some low wage marks to picket you?” Oooooh. I’m certain Big Sam’s knees are knocking in the middle of his eternal rest. With Wal-Mart’s average rate of pay in the Las Vegas area being $10.17, these temps would be better off going inside the store they are picketing to get an application. They would get more money, benefits, and an air conditioned work environment (it’s 104 outside).