That’s Right Nate

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It’s Time to Outlaw Labor Unions

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There was a time in this country when labor unions served a purpose.  Back in the 1800s, the so called robber barons would put profits way ahead of people.   They’d use child labor, expect a 72 hour work week, and spend most of their day waxing sinister looking mustaches.   The corporations that run America today are not like these evil profiteers.  They’re made up of the kind of people you see everyday in your gated community.  Anybody who has seen Undercover Boss knows that most bosses just want what’s best for their employees.  I still remember tears welling up in my eyes when the CEO of Hooters learned that one of his managers was objectifying his female employees.  His outrage as the father of two young daughters was apparent.

Today’s employers like Walmart give a lot more to their employees than just paychecks.  They offer 401K plans, medical coverage, and even a hypothetical pension.  What do unions give them for this?  Strikes.   I’m tired of seeing unions everywhere I look.   Teachers unions protecting incompetent teachers, police unions protecting incompetent cops, even Coal Miner unions protecting incompetent coal miners.

Case in point is the little company that could.   In the heart on West Virginia coal country is a little country with that can do spirit that built this country.  Massey Energy is the nation’s sixth largest coal mining country.  They have such a good relationship with their employees, that the employees don’t even need  a union to protect their rights.  For years liberal do gooders have been trying to get the mine to put in all sorts of expensive safety equipment, but with that rugged individualism that is the most American of all qualities the company decided it was cheaper just to pay any fines and keep mining for coal full speed ahead.  Did the need to keep producing more coal to be able to pay for the fines cause the explosion at a Massey Mine that killed 25 yesterday?  Quite possibly.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the company who has lost so much–it is yet unclear just how damaged the mine is for future drilling.

CEO of Massey Energy Don Blankenship did not want to take responsibility for the mine disaster until it was investigated, but he did offer this piece of condolences to the miners’ families, “”Anything you do in life has risks.”

Massey remains a public oriented company.  In all, people associated with Massey Energy, along with the company’s political action committee, have together contributed more than $307,000 to federal political candidates since the 1990 election cycle, the Center finds. Of that money, 91 percent went to Republican candidates.  I hope that they can continue to remain so public spirited, but I am sure after the last explosion, there will be all sorts of pressure to allow a union into the coal mine and that will cost money.

In an era of fancy benefit packages, labor unions are obsolete and should be illegal.  The United States economy has lost a great deal of business to highly unionized countries like Japan, Singapore, and Germany.  Our only real hope to catch up is to find any advantage we can–and what could be a bigger advantage than not having to deal with labor unions like those countries do?

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Written by thatsrightnate

April 6, 2010 at 10:46 pm

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  1. unions are the cancer of america.everyone has seen the stereotypical department of transportation[DOT] union laborer on their city highway,usually leaning on a shovel,staring catatonically @ traffic,&/or looking into a hole ! they are complacent sloths who received their job from nepotism, & know they cannot be fired…unless they murder someone. ten, so-called men ,trying to fix one pot-hole… all overpaid,over-staffed,over-nourished,& under-worked…all celebrating mediocrity & doing the bare minimum. furlough’s for everyone.

    dee dee

    May 11, 2010 at 6:42 pm

  2. You’re so right Dee Dee. That’s why I refuse to slow down in construction zones.

    thatsrightnate

    May 11, 2010 at 9:12 pm

  3. Plesae see my blog at http://www.WorkplaceCredibleActivist.wordpress.com

    Thanks
    Denise

    Denise

    May 12, 2010 at 2:09 am

  4. UNIONS are needed more than ever when the Republican party is being controlled by the mega corperations who want to take things back when the worker had no power and no say. All they were was pawns to use and abuse. If you want ure wages to be less then a $1 hr then vote to outlaw unions and if you want to work 80 or more hrs a week with no benifits then vote to outlaw unions!!!!!!!! anybody who votes republican has to to be STUPID!!! the republicans only care for the extremly wealthy and the huge mega corperations!!!!!!

    Howie

    June 2, 2010 at 9:35 am

  5. Well, Dr, Dean. We meet again.

    steven

    June 2, 2010 at 1:09 pm

  6. “If you want ure wages to be less then a $1 hr then vote to outlaw unions and if you want to work 80 or more hrs a week with no benifits then vote to outlaw unions!!!!!!!!”

    Lower salaries, less benefits, longer hours keep prices down and people have less time to waste money–it sounds like economic prosperity to me.

    thatsrightnate

    June 2, 2010 at 7:25 pm

  7. When did companies stop putting profits before people? They do that to this day.

    Marisa

    February 18, 2011 at 2:14 pm

  8. I cannot believe you mention Walmart as an example of an ethical company. They are constantly being sued for workers rights violations. They pay substandard wages, only hire part time so they don’t have to pay certain segments of the society benefits such as healthcare and 401k. The second you mention Walmart, I had to ask myself if the whole essay were written in satire, and the more I think about it, the more I feel it is. It’s either satire, or been written by a complete moron.

    Woah

    February 18, 2011 at 2:19 pm

  9. Trade unionists were the first ones the Nazi’s sent to concentration camps. You’re not Nazi’s by any stretch, but be very clear that you are starting the first step towards fascism.

    Alec

    February 22, 2011 at 7:58 am

  10. MUHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
    It has been too long since I have commented last. Remember me?? Hahahaha have you missed my presence?? I know you have, don’t act like you haven’t!
    Ohhhhhh Natey boy. Mr. Nate Nate. Sir Nateingham. haha. You really are just the man.
    I shall comment again. and again, and again. I know you cant wait to hear from me again. I will surprise you. I know thats how you like it. You like to be surprised. Love you my darlings, my sweet peas, my cocain whores
    XOXOXOXOXO times 100,000,000.

    The Mysterious Stranger

    February 28, 2011 at 1:14 am

  11. Woah i think he’s a moron.

    UNION PRIDE!!!

    Mike

    October 26, 2011 at 7:13 am

  12. China-If you try and start a labor union you go to prison
    Nazi Germany-Unionists rounded up and slaughtered
    Old Soviet Union- Labor unions abolished, except state controlled ones
    Columbia-Murder all labor union leaders
    G.O.P.-Right to Work laws and outlawing collective bargaining

    Every single dictator knows you must get rid of labor unions. Which side are you on?

    Al

    October 26, 2011 at 8:17 am

  13. I never thought I’d see the day that I would agree with China, Nazi Germany, the former Soviet Union or Columbia on but I wholeheartedly endorse people being sent to prison for trying to start a labor union, being rounded up and executed and no collective bargining. I see Unions as more dangerous than Al Queda or Hamas or any other terrorist organization..even more dangerous than the Mafia. Unions are a clear and present danger to the free market. Wonder why things made in America (what little there is made here anymore) cost so much or why so many companies make things elsewhere? Unions are the reason. Unions have done more to harm the workers they claim to be looking out for than anything else. I would rather be unemployed and homeless than have to join a union in order to work. Prosperity will return to America when Unions are not only outlawed but considered enemies of the State.

    Jonathan

    January 26, 2012 at 6:58 pm


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