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Poll results: Union Or Scab?

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  • I have union blood running through my veins!

    4 18.18%
  • Have been a member at one time....not anymore.

    10 45.45%
  • A scab and proud of it.......Scott Walker is my hero

    2 9.09%
  • You Socialists!

    0 0%
  • I belong to the Cyburbia Union.

    6 27.27%
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Thread: Union Membership

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    Cyburbian The One's avatar
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    Union Membership

    This ONE is officially a full member of the United Transportation Union and for the first time a union member.

    Couldn't have picked a better time in history to be a union member....membership at an all time high....the public and politicians love unions (snicker)

    Are any of you currently members of a union or have you been represented by a union?
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    What's this Cyburbian Union that you speak of ?

    Membership is based upon what ?

    Post count ?, Plus dues ?, Being a SA ? or something else ?
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    I was a Union member up until about 2 months ago when I got promoted to Acting Director. When they fill the Director position and I'm back to my former position I'll be back in the Union. Fine by me.

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    I've never been a union employee but I have worked in a union shop as a contract worker. My father was a member of the IBEW.
    "He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?" Jeremiah 22:16

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    Cyburbian mgk920's avatar
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    Quote Originally posted by The One View post
    This ONE is officially a full member of the United Transportation Union and for the first time a union member.

    Couldn't have picked a better time in history to be a union member....membership at an all time high....the public and politicians love unions (snicker)

    Are any of you currently members of a union or have you been represented by a union?
    You're a railroader? That I did not know.

    Mike

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    Back when I was a social worker for the State of Michigan, I was a member of the UAW. Besides them collecting some very minimal dues from me, I never had any interaction with them one way or another (I only worked there for about a year before I decided I would need to eat a bullet if I were going to continue with that career path).

    Only a few departments under my current employer are unionized - my department is not one of them.
    "Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost." - 1980 Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan

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    My first job was in a supermarket. All supermarket workers in the Buffalo area, except those at Wegmans, are unionized. I'm pro-union generally, but it seemed like overkill for a minimum wage job; it provided no benefits. In the 1980s, unions in the Buffalo area were under the thumb of the local mob, so I just assumed my paltry membership fees just ended up in their pockets.
    Growth for growth's sake is the ideology of the cancer cell. -- Edward Abbey

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    Never. No position I have applied for in government has ever been union.
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    I was required to be in a union with my first job. It was nothing but a thorn in my side. I then turned down a second job because it was union.
    Not my monkey, not my circus. - Old Polish Proverb

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    Quote Originally posted by Dan View post
    My first job was in a supermarket. All supermarket workers in the Buffalo area, except those at Wegmans, are unionized. I'm pro-union generally, but it seemed like overkill for a minimum wage job; it provided no benefits. In the 1980s, unions in the Buffalo area were under the thumb of the local mob, so I just assumed my paltry membership fees just ended up in their pockets.
    Yep. Member of the UFCW for a few years. Took out a little over $7 a week for dues which was more than an hours wages. Still got paid near minimum like anywhere else so didn't see the point. Maybe full timers had it better, but they wouldn't make anyone full time even if they wanted it and I think they even demoted some people from full to part time.

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    I am a full, due paying member of SEIU (Service Employees International Union). I have the option to just carry "barging rate" which means i pay SIEU to bargain for me, but i cannot vote. My dues are a percentage of pay. The only reason i pay full freight is to vote, and quite frankly our union sucks. These idiots thought it would be a great idea to ask for an additional paid holiday in the midst of a budget deficit. Really? You fucking kidding me? This was 1 month into my new job.

    Of course at a meeting i voice the stupidity of the idea. Met with some grumbles, but most employees at City Hall enjoyed what i had to say. Myself and another employee began a petition to break from these ass clowns to form our own bargaining unit for the "white-collar" city hall employees.

    Well of course the union got wind of it.. and well.. buckled to the pressure to lay off the idiotic idea. I was asked to join the next bargaining session.

    The union boss claims that we need to throw out whatever we wanted to start bargaining at the table. I basically said no one bargains like this anymore, we are not in the 1970's here and suggested that bargaining be done outside of City Hall over a series of lunches and a round of golf with the assistant City Manager. Let's just say the union goon doesn't like me but asked me to join for the next bargaining session.
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    I am a union thug. Give me your money!
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    Never been in a union.

    There's a union at my current employer, but as a Director, I am not in it.
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    I've never been in one. All of the places I've worked in my professional life, government employees have always been at-will employment. Before that, it restaurant trade in college, and grocery/convience store and helping my dad with his various side businesses.

    However, I'm the grandson of two proud union members. Both of my grandfathers did ok by them.
    When did I go from Luke Skywalker to Obi-Wan Kenobi?

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    I just talked to a couple people who are protesting construction work being done by non-union people... Turns out the protesters are non-union people, hired by the union to protest the hiring of not-union people....






    Double standard maybe?
    Not my monkey, not my circus. - Old Polish Proverb

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    Quote Originally posted by michaelskis View post
    I just talked to a couple people who are protesting construction work being done by non-union people... Turns out the protesters are non-union people, hired by the union to protest the hiring of not-union people....






    Double standard maybe?
    The United Protesters International Union - Local 62?



    Mike

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    Never been in a union and worked as a public-sector planner in four different states.

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    In college I worked part time at a hospital that was unionized. A contract was ratified shortly before the place closed down that said all part-time staff must be in the union. Occasionally I would get co-workers hassling me to join the union, but no union rep ever asked me to join the union. I am assuming that this is because I worked weekends and the reps all worked during the week. Those who would talk to me would tell me I would have bumping rights at another hospital. By this time it was evident that the hospital was going to be shut. What kind of bumping rights would I get if I was only in the union a few months and being part-time?

    Thats been my only union experience. I guess that would make me a total scab, but hey I needed money to pay for college.
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    Quote Originally posted by mgk920 View post
    The United Protesters International Union - Local 62?



    Mike
    Funny.....

    I think I am going to make a sign and go out and protest the unions hiring non-union labor.
    Not my monkey, not my circus. - Old Polish Proverb

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    Quote Originally posted by michaelskis View post
    Funny.....

    I think I am going to make a sign and go out and protest the unions hiring non-union labor.
    That would be funny!
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    Quote Originally posted by mgk920 View post
    The United Protesters International Union - Local 62?
    Association of
    Independent
    Cyburbian
    Protesters

    Oddball
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    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
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    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
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    Quote Originally posted by michaelskis View post
    I just talked to a couple people who are protesting construction work being done by non-union people... Turns out the protesters are non-union people, hired by the union to protest the hiring of not-union people....






    Double standard maybe?
    They do that out here too, with their big “Shame on So-and-So” banners. The people holding the signs never look very enthusiastic about the cause they are supposedly “supporting”.

    I was in SEIU under a previous employer and didn’t have any issues with them while I was there, they worked with the management so that furloughs (paid and unpaid) and other options were used instead of laying off anyone. In all fairness though, the management worked hard to move people around different departments so that no one was laid off, as well.

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