SMITTY wrote:We're talking about the BIG, Obama donating, corrupt, thug unions like AFL-CIO - not MOST of the little guys.
Ahhhh.....the AFL-CIO is not a Union at all, it is an association of Unions and thus have almost no power other then pooling money and lobbying Washington for the betterment of the Unions that they belong to.
It is no different then the Soil and Water Conservation District I am affiliated with. We belong to the Maine Soil and Water Conservation Districts, who also belong to the National Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts; the higher you go up on the chain, the less they have to do with the individual, their main purpose is to lobby Congress as a collective body of Conservation Districts...or Unions. The AFL-CIO has strength, not from what what they do for the individual, but because they can bring in International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers to an event, but also bring in The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers for instance, in a unified front.
I have been in Management in a Union Shop (railroad) and I have been on the Union roosters (Railroad and Shipbuilding), and when done properly and professionally, managing a Union can actually be easier. What I found as a Manager was, you just need to know the Contract better then the workers, in that case knowing what they can and cannot do allows you to get the job done. When they say, "I don't have to do that", you can say, "well according to the Union Contract it say's..." and they then go to work. Most of the time I worked with the Shop Stewards and by taking them aside and saying, "I have been having an issue with this guy", and together we would figure out how to remedy it so the work got done. In a way it was easier because the shop steward was a part of the management strategy. But when you have Manager's that just throw up their hands and say "nothing can be done", things went awry, just like the other extreme, with bull-headed managers that thought they were going to break the Union by being tough. You have to pick your battles, but effective form of management crosses Union and Non-Union Shops alike.