Way back in 1978 or ‘79, I had to join the teamsters union in Baton Rouge to be an over-the-road and a local truck driver. Yes, I had a damn good insurance policy and good pay. In maybe 1983, I had an issue with the dock manager about the way my trailer was loaded. It was unsafe. When I confronted him about it, he got up in my face. Now, I was military trained and instead of reacting and kicking his ass, I walked away because I had two kids under two years old. I went to the local to file my complaint and the union boss, Doug Partin had taken over because his brother Ed had gone to prison. I got screwed and was escorted out after I kicked some ass, Doug and the union leader. All they wanted was my union dues.
My main issue with unions is that regardless of what the unions say they represent is that in most cases, they protect the union members when it benefits the union. What I have seen is that these unions stop companies from removing bad apples from the basket! I have witnessed the unions protect those bad apples from being terminated just because those few bad apples were a member of a union instead of dropping them. Some were teachers, police, steel workers, and teamsters, plus plant workers. To me, this is just wrong. I wasn’t a bad apple and still lost my job. I have not taken jobs since because I would have to join a union. That doesn’t mean all local unions are bad, but why do they protect those bad apples!
If you stand for nothing, you fall for anything!
And you can try, but, you can’t fix stupid!
I was in a union with mostly women. They seemed to be trying to get rid of male employees and eventually the plant shut down and the jobs moved to Mexico. They also protected people who should’ve been fired.