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Bill Big Mick's organizing drive results (35) RE: Big Mick's organizing drive results 08 Apr 99

katlaughing, I take your comments in the spirit they were given. Unions served a purpose once upon a time, to help draw attention to atrocious working conditions and exploitation of people with little or no means to escape their circumstances. However, those days are long gone. People are mobile enough and educated enough to escape bad working conditions if they choose. How could a company stay in business if they simply abuse employees and exploit them? There is too much competetion in the world for that kind of business any more. Like I said, companies value good, hard working employees and will go to great lengths to keep them. Besides, most people don't think there is anything wrong with pulling up stakes and going to another company that offers better pay or benefits. They don't think they are exploiting the company that may have trained them and given them experience. And rightfully so. The converse must also be true though- a company must be able to shed unproductive or troublesome employees and replace with better ones. Unions, for the most part, are nowadays simply anachronisms. They have also become an organ of politics, funneling money and manpower to political issues of the union's choice- but not necessarily the worker's choice. As far as being a male/female issue, I don't think so. Not for me at least.


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