When I accepted the offer of my current job, at a huge labor union, I had no idea I was opening myself up to the unabashed rage of anti-union people. I guess I knew unions were a polarizing subject, but MAN. These people act like I came up with the whole idea, and am personally responsible for every foible every labor union has ever had ever. And probably also Chernobyl.
Recently, while drinking [heavily] at The Foliage's company's annual winter gala, one of his coworkers wanted to "discuss" the subject. Read: he hates labor unions. A lot. And was determined to convince me that they suck. Oh, and here's an interesting tidbit: he's pretty much straight-off-the-boat from Russia. And my organization is alllllll over immigration reform. So weird. I kept trying to laugh it off and change the subject and remind him that I was dee-runk, and not really in the position to be having that conversation. But he wouldn't let up.
Even if I'd been sober, though, it would've been pointless. It boggles my mind that people are actually anti-union. It makes no sense to me. I understand that it has the potential to cause huge hassles and time-sucks for employers, but come on...the rules enforced by the union are just things that you, as the employer, should be doing anyway. Safe working conditions? Fair hours and compensation? Any good employer knows that their greatest asset is their employees, and are already providing these things.
Unfortunately, there are a LOT of not-good employers. And unions are trying to look out for the common man. You know the middle class? Unions created that. No big deal or anything. Just the largest economic class in our country. Obviously, nothing I write here will convince anybody who hates unions to change their minds, just like that guy at the gala had no chance of changing mine. But feel free to explain why you're anti-union, if that's the case, because really I can't even fathom why anyone would be. I'm genuinely curious. But please don't yell at me or expect me to change my mind.