Crime, Unions, etc.

J. Prescott jprescot at PRIMENET.COM
Mon Aug 18 21:25:52 MDT 1997

this is too juicy for me to pass on - i must add my .02 worth.

on the face of many of the points you raise in trying to justify the
existence of unions (you try to assauge the negatives by including
ässotions into the equation), i must say that i am inclined to agree with
you.  NOBODY like to see an injustice, & these scenarios you outline, like
so many others, could be better served handled on some other front.  do i
propose that i know HOW each of them should be handled?  no.  i just simply
believe that in order for a problem to be best solved, BOTH sides must
benefit equally.  otherwise, all that has been accomplished is one problem
may have been excused for the sake of creating another one.

it is to this end that i conclude that unions serve no real useful purpose
except to their own ends.  over the course of MY lifetime (i am 40) i do
not recall ANY strike called that ever served any purpose outside its own. 
and by its very nature, rightly so.  by that i mean, the union's existence
is only propulgated by serving its own interest.  and if you can understand
that, therein lies the crux of the problem.  the union is its own master &
cannot consider the interests of the People it serves ahead of its own,
much less the concerns of the companies for which the people work.  but,
for this matter of sustainment, they had to formulate a rhetoric that would
abide with resonance with those that would serve to army its cause.  they
had to look no further than the natural conflict that exists between the
working force & the owners.

the analogy may be simplistic, but i think it is very appropriate.  in the
beehive, it is the drones or worker bees that do all of the work, while the
queen does virtually nothing but to enjoy the benefits of all these drones.
 but without the queen bee, the hive dies & ceases to exist.  i don't
subscribe to the theory that the workers shouldn't be duly compensated;
they should receive a worthy recompense for their efforts.  we can read
this in the bible where God said a workman is worthy of his hire.  however,
ultimately, it HAS to be in the best interest of the owner / investors, or
the business can no longer function in its designed capacity.  and it is in
this ultimate role that the people of any company are best served.


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> From: Richard Swerdlin <swerdlin at GTE.NET>
> Subject: Re: Crime, Unions, etc.
> Date: Monday, August 18, 1997 4:48 PM
> ----------
> > From: John Bush
> > Subject: Re: Crime, Unions, etc.
> > Date: Friday, August 15, 1997 12:39
> >
> > On Thu, 14 Aug 1997, Richard Swerdlin wrote:
> >
> > >         The existence of governmental mechanisms for assistance in
> > > promoting a solution, does not negate the added flexibility reflected
> in
> > > private ones.
> > That is not what I was talking about.  Government regulates business
> > environments to prevent hazardous workplaces.  They prevent slave
> > like labor.  That is what labor unions were formed to do.  All of the
> > current functions of labor unions have nothing to do with their
> > original goals.
> >
> > >         Life is not static.  If certain unions have created a gap
> between
> > > members and officials, they are likely to wither in time.  The extent
> of
> > > such a gap however is not always easy to measure.  No organization
> be
> > > all things to all members.
> > And they are withering on the vine.  What are we down to now, 15%
> > union membership?  Even less?  Unions are dying all around us, and
> > the others ought to go quickly and quietly...before they do too much
> > more damage to UPS and its employees.
> >
> > >         Here in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, there are unions or
> > > organizations with members being police officers, firefighters, etc.
> While
> > > not  angelic, they do serve to make top brass think twice about
> arbitrary
> > > actions.  This seems to reflect a "checks & balances" notion.
> > Whatever.  I'm in the DFW area as well, and have not heard of any
> > such organization making a substantive difference.  The only ones
> > that can do that force union membership and are run by goons and
> > thugs.
> >
> > >         I myself have never been a "union" member, but I have
> to
> > > various "associations".  These associations have been useful in
> securing
> > > better conditions for teachers & students.  They have made state
> > > legislators more aware of educational problems.
> > >
> > >         Crime knows few limits.  It should be countered, wherever it
> > > occurs,
> > > whether it be blue-collar or white-collar in nature.
> > And how does opposing unions fit into this?
> >
> > >          My reference earlier to the November election results merely
> > > reflects the idea that it is time to move on.  Handwringing
> accomplishes
> > > little.  I did not become ill over the results of previous
> > > elections, even though my vote may have gone to a losing candidate.
> Over
> > > the years I have paid little attention to campaign rhetoric, which
> tries to
> > > give the impression that every election is a Great Divide.  It has
> > > comparable to the reaction of a judge who often hears that "this
> particular
> > > case" is the "most heinous" one in the county.  Not surprisingly, I
> have
> > > not been impressed with claims of "mandates" by winners.
> > While I will agree that it is time to move on, I believe the move
> > should be quickly away from unions...period.
> ===============================================
> ===============================================
> JB:
>         Unions or comparable associations have been involved in aspects
> work, which rightfully transcend the element of salary.  Work week,
> benefits, safety, etc. are also of concern.  Contracts are likely to
> contain work rules or procedures for handling problems that arise on the
> job.
>         In line with the above, a worker does not have much influence,
> standing alone.  That influence is commonly boosted by joining a suitable
> group.  Relevant phrases are two key ones: divide & conquer;
> and, in unity there is strength.
>         The above also applies to various white-collar situations.  The
> Ohio Education Association did well to investigate problems in that
> It was interesting how the Cincinnati ISD thought elementary women
> should leave after a given month of pregnancy.  Apparently the sight of a
> bulging belly would have been too much for pupils to take.  The OEA
> differently.  Let the teacher make the decision to resign.  The same
> district tried to discourage handicapped teachers from working.  In one
> case it was a matter of a teacher minus a few fingers.  In court contests
> the disrict was unable to show that pupils would be shortchanged by less
> than "normal" physical conditions.
>         In the Denton-Dallas-Ft. Worth "Golden Triangle" (as dubbed by
> chambers of commerce).  There are unfortunately various squabbles
> relations in law enforcement departments, fire departments, etc.
> Again, an employee standing alone is in a weaker position to counter a
> charge, than one who belongs to an association.  This makes it more
> feasible to obtain good legal counsel.  This makes it easier to maintain
> more positive image.
>         Chief Windham (Ft. Worth) has been in a series of personnel
> squabbles.  A few weeks ago a reporter mentioned that there had been over
> two dozen instances in which suspended or fired employees had been
> reinstated by the Civil Service Review Commission.  This suggests that
> there remains a need for adequate representation of interests by
> parties.  Chief Windham also recently made negative remarks about "many"
> officers not doing their job properly.  Perhaps Windham is
> right.  Perhaps he is wrong.  A compunding element in Winham's situation
> has been the squabble over the attempt of Windham's son-in-law to obtain
> employment as a police officer.  Currently the commission is holding
> sessions to decide whether or not Windham used undue pressure
> to secure a position for his son-in-law.  While several examiners had
> rejected the son-in-law's application, they were overridden by a superior
> officer.  Relatedly, some Ft. Worth officers claim they were punished for
> not supporting the application.  Suffice it to say, Solomon may be needed
> to resolve this human relations mess in the police department.
>         Here in Denton, there had been a move to close the central fire
> station, located downtown.  This surprised me, since there had been some
> bad fires downtown.  As a group, firefighters promoted the retention of
> central fire station.  They succeeded in boosting support for same, even
> though there was a tight budget municipally.
>          In all of the above, there is obviously an individual interest.
> However there is also a public or community interest.  The existence of
> various associations does serve, to a point, the notion of
>          Corruption in labor unions gave many a black eye.  The
> probably could have acted sooner in prosecuting criminals in the labor
> movement.  In that basic spirit I had mentioned that crime needs to be
> countered, whether it occurs in the ranks of employers or employees.
>           Unions or associations were not created by the mere writing of
> pamphlets or manifestos.  They were responses to conditions.  While times
> change, various problems remain.  On this pragmatic basis, I doubt that
> unions will disappear.
> Sincerely,
> Richard Swerdlin
> (swerdlin at

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