Originally Posted by King_Chief_Fan
it isn't just the pay...it is the attitude and the limitations the union puts on people doing what they think is additional things other than their job.
In a company I used to work for an idiot union worker came into to paint my walls in my office when he got to the wall where there is an electrical outlet and light switch, he said I am done here for now. I said what? We need to get an electrician up here. Why? To take the cover plates of the outlet and switch.
I said don't go away. I pulled a screw driver out of my desk drawer and took them off and told him to get back to work. Union filed a grieveance and expected the company to pay OT to one of the electricians. Let it go to arbitration and caused the union to spend money they didn't have only to get stiffed by the arbitrator as they ruled in favor of the company.
We later eliminated all maintenance and electrical union employees and contracted everything out to a 3rd party. 35% savings
Dad took a tour of the Deere tractor factory in Waterloo in the early 80s. He said it was pretty interesting. Half the factory was a union shop and half of it was non-union. According to him it was a night and day difference walking through. The union half was doing NOTHING. Production was at a virtual standstill.
So dad, being from the midwest, and paying for a tractor, which in turn, PAID THESE one who sucks the penisS TO DO NOTHING, asked WTF. And apparently the dude taking him through there was an old factory worker that they made a tour guide. Old dude says Union has bean counters come in and if they gotta put 6 bolts into a plate, they take 1 bolt and the plate, hang it up there, walk down the ladder and get another bolt, and so on until the 6 bolts are done. Bean counter leaves, they take 6 bolts and a plate up the ladder, bolt it up and sit on their ass until the assembly line moves.