So despite the International TWU advising against it, TWU Local 100 went on strike anyhow in New York City stranding millions of commuters. No subways, no buses, nothing that monopoly controls, since they've made very sure there can be no free enterprise regarding mass transit in that city and surrounding boroughs/communities. Local 100 screams for even more pay, even more benefits yet cares little to nothing for everyone else. They want what they want, and NYC's economy, which impacts far more than that little section of New York State, can go hang.
I've long despised labor unions. Yes, I know at one time they had a definite purpose towards providing better working conditions, better wages, better safety and whatnot. That was roughly 80 years ago. Nowadays, not the same can be said. I recall when my younger brother was fired from Krogers because he refused to join the local union, and this in a Right To Work state. That simple phrase means union membership is not compulsory for employment. But when he refused, within a week, though an exemplary employee, he was fired without reason, as were other's who also turned down the union's overtures of 'guaranteed' employment. That union no longer exists here, thankfully, as they were taken to task by the state DA for blackmail, coercion and racketeering. I'm also reminded of when I was in Arizona, another Right To Work state, and Albertson's union in California went on strike. The union in Yuma was forced to do the same for 'solidarity'. The union did provide wages, provided the union members picketed Albertson's for at least 7 hours a day, every day of the week. Granted, the wages were a fraction of what they were making inside the grocery...seems most their union dues had gone to lobbyists and lawyers. Go fig.
Now, call me crazy, but when you walk off of a job, that's it...there is no coming back with a sheepish grin. You leave a job, and you don't have a job. I guess that's the modern purpose of unions. You can walk out on a company, walk off a job, protest the company, then return to work afterwards like nothing ever happened. And still get promoted, if the local union gives its blessing.
Bring Back the Scabs!