Originally Posted by Amnorix
Have you ever been involved in high stakes negotiations? False threats are made all the time. So are real ones. The people on the other side make the best decision they can based on the facts that they have, and sometimes the result is worse than what they had hoped, or what they think is a bluff gets called.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not crying for these workers. They took the risk and it looks like they lost. I'm just saying I don't understand why anyone would actually be happy about it.
I represent companies (though not in labor situations), and I have made those same arguments. Believe me, I know. I absolutely know.
Our country needs to realize what? This isn't some super-secret. Meanwhile, some companies take advantage of their workers all the time. And some workers take advantage of their companies. It's the push-pull of the world. People get hurt all the time by it. People who own companies get hurt sometimes too. That's capitalism.
In this case it wasn't a threat. It was a promise.
I don't know that anyone is happy these people are out of work; I'm certainly not. I feel no pity for them either. They attempted strong arm tactics and had their bluff called.
I was clumsily saying that our country needs to realize that sometimes there really is no more money no matter how much someone wants something i.e. to not take a pay cut, or to receive entitlements, etc.
Yep, capitalism is blind as to who comes out ahead or behind, which makes it as close to a level playing field as will ever exist and the best system going by a mile.