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Michelle Malkin » Big Labor, big troubles

September 7, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Let me tell you three stories.  All are personal experiences, all were witnessed by me.

1.  At a government cleanup site I worked at (in IT), a person called the help desk because someone’s keyboard died after they spilled coffee on it.  No big deal.  We had piled of extra keyboards in our storage area.  So, one of the help desk techs ran over, grabbed one, carried it to the person who had the problem, replaced it, and chucked the old one.  She then closed the support ticket and went on with her day.

Several days latter we were all called in for a talking to.  A union person saw someone carrying a brand new keyboard and filed a grievance.  The union people are the only ones permitted to move equipment on the site.  So, the grievance listed what personnel and time would be required for this job:

  1. Send in an official request to move new equipment to include description of the keyboard, size of the box, and weight
  2. Wait until the required people (yes, plural) could be assigned to the task
  3. Pay these people (a laborer and a safety officer/supervisor) 4 hours each for the time it would take to move the item.
  4. So moving a $15 dollar item cost about $1,000 because a union was involved, never mind the lost time it would have taken.

    2.  At the same place, one of the buildings had a broken piece of vinyl siding.  A simple job for any homeowner, taking about 20 minutes.  Measure, cut, replace.  Not with a union.  There were 5 people assigned to the task and it took 8 hours to perform.  Not because the task took that long, but because that’s what the union said it would take.  Two of the five people never lifted a finger.  How do I know all this?   I asked them.  They were quite proud of how little work they had to do.
    3.  This one is quick.  Mowing the lawn.  2 people per mower.  One to mow, the other was a safety officer/supervisor.
    You want to know why union companies do so poorly, there you are.  They are a drain on any company trying to get work done.  Unions were needed, but they are no longer a help to anyone.  They just hurt companies and the country.

    Big Labor, big troubles

    By Michelle Malkin  •  September 7, 2009 09:30 AM

    Here is your Labor Day graph of the day, via Gallup:

    And the bottom line:

    Bottom Line

    This year’s Gallup update on views toward unions comes in the midst of an economic recession, and in the aftermath of major economic interventions by the U.S. government on behalf of two of the Big Three domestic auto companies.

    The update also comes as the Employee Free Choice Act — a proposal to significantly change collective bargaining laws — is still under consideration by Congress. If passed as originally proposed, the bill would most likely make it easier for unions to organize. In fact, proponents of EFCA (who feel the current system is stacked against unions) say that’s the intent. However, those changes may be going against the tide of public opinion, which currently is at a historically low ebb for unions.

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