380,000 Americans lost their jobs last month (and nobody talks about the 100,000 or so reservists who also left the workplace). We have a bad economy. Is this the time to be striking? About 400 union workers near here went on strike last week and the company is in no hurry to return to the bargaining table. Broadway musicians are also on strike. Personally, I have to question the wisdom of walking off the job at this time.
All of this got me thinking. What is the government workplace like? Here, state government employee unions are bargaining for more money at the same time the politicians are talking about cutting jobs. We are speculating on what our own union workers in the city may do, but our management and professional employees are not part of any union. In general, we tend to have a tightly-knit, informally-organized workplace. This contrasts to some places I have seen that have multiple levels of bureaucracy for just about anything.
So I thought I'd do a little poll. What is your workplace like? Is it an informal structure or a cumbersome bureaucracy? Are you union or free?