Based on Jay Ambrose’s Nov. 16 column (“Fighting public unions, saving the future”), I am going to guess that he is from the South. Could be I am wrong, but his comments reflected the anti-union attitude of most folks I have met living here, as well as South Carolina’s biased governor.
Having been a state employee for close to 40 years in a Northern state with a union workforce, I can tell you that we worked for less than our private sector counterparts, so we could enjoy a better retirement after our many years of service. We are still looked at as greedy, lazy employees.
I can also tell you without a doubt the Southern states (right-to-work, as they are called) treat their employees like cattle.
While unions are not perfect, they do much more for their members than any stand-alone employer. The only exception I can think of is Costco, which pays its folks a very respectable wage, and in return gets solid employees who take pride in their work. Sounds like a plan, right?
Try passing that thought on to others in the retail world, who pay their people slave wages with revolving schedules. And you wonder why the turnover is through the roof, and many employees have no pride in the work they do.
Some unions down here would open the eyes of the people working their tails off to keep food on the table. Unfortunately, they have been brainwashed to believe all unions are bad, money-grabbing, corrupt scum. Well, I guess they will work for dirt wages until they die.
Unions are not the bad guys; money-hungry corporations are the bad guys. If profits were properly disbursed to shareholders and the employees who do the work, we would not have a need for unions.