Unionization is sweeping the nation, with some unlikely forces leading the charge—from Hollywood actors to superstar athletes.
Interesting article to a degree.
I can get down with unions in certain industries but when you wrap up the story with “A fast-food worker gets up in the morning. If they have a union, they have one dignified job—not three. They can go to their kid’s soccer practice. They can be engaged as citizens and address what their parks, schools, and communities look like. They can be who they want to be and what they want to be for their families and communities.” is simply silly.
There is always going to be low wage workers and the above statement pretends that if fast food or any other low earning/low skilled job will just unionize, they will earn enough to have a dream life. If that's the case get ready for Happy Meals that cost ya about $65.00. Would you like fries with that?
The author lost me at saying unions promote meritocracy. They very much stand for the opposite. I also question the POV on the writer/actor strike. If anything, the public has apathy towards the whole thing. No one misses Hollywood.
Can we have it acknowledged somewhere that teachers unions kept American kids out of school for a year and forced toddlers to wear masks? Sorry if I’m skeptical that more unions are a societal net positive.
This piece is ridiculous. There is no tie in between any of these groups, and unionization is not spreading like wildfire. Unions are going nowhere because there’s a shortage of people and good companies are taking care of their people, there’s no need for unions.
Nobody cares about the actors, and if they had a case, they would be back at work because the bosses would give in. UPS did the math and found that it worked. That’s all that’s happened. The math, for UPS was not based on some call for union wage, but rather technology would allow UPS to make the worker more productive, and the higher wage was acceptable.
As for the running backs, you’re kidding, right ?
The myth that Big Unions seek a "meritocratic" landscape is false! They seek a "collective" that has nothing to do with a meritocratic landscape, nor a return to a system that rewards excellence. What they seek is an across the board guarantee for wages and benefits, DESPITE any single worker's performance. Why try for excellence when your efforts garner the same reward as the slacker you work with?
When you add to the equation that Big Unions, almost to a man (So to speak), support the Democratic Party, why WOULD I ever support unionization UNLESS it rewards excellence in performance?
I grew up in a Union town, and my father worked in a union job back in the 60s, I and I watched as that Union negotiated itself into job losses and business lost to the Japanese model for auto production. All Unions accomplish is to reduce employment and raise the costs to the consumer, with the side benefit of increased wages and benefits to a shrinking membership.
The comments are more instructive than the article; that’s cool.
Trying to wrap my head around using running backs as an example in a pro-union piece. Running backs ARE in a union, the NFLPA. The salary structure their union agreed to screws them. They need to unionize against their own union.
I don't have much sympathy for the running backs or youthful union activists—first, the young activists. I have kept a journal since 1992. As a young man, I was as dumb as a rock. One leans, grows, and matures. I am so sick of hearing about what young people demand. I want to change the name from young people to dumb people. Let us face it: These are young dumb leftists who expect the most and want to deliver the least. They live in a world of what should be rather than what is. They are primarily maleducated suburbanites raised with little faith and classical education. I often wonder why we never ask why all of these people are trying to get past our southern border. The answer is a group of dumb but idealistic people fall in love with a leftist promising them Nirvana and deliver hell. This battle against the leftist youth is the fight of the 20s and beyond, not having the US fall into that category.
As for the running backs, I am a fan of Colin Cowherd's take. These running backs were not crying about the Centers, Tackles, Linebackers, and Safeties. They get paid much more money than they do. Sadly, the game is evolving away from them, and creative destruction always happens. Harris's 13 million dollar first contract is more than most make in a lifetime. So, no sympathy from me. Also, performance falls off a cliff in the second contract with more injury. Sometimes, the world is cruel, and we need to evolve with it rather than be petulant children who will lean like the idealistic leftist children of the last century, that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
No one misses Hollywood or the ridiculous salaries of high-end actors. The writers suck, as evidenced by the tired remakes constantly making the rounds. Bring on a fully develop AI Hollywood that makes entertainment actually affordable for the average fast food working family. No one cares about unions except those starting them, because despite the “dream” that the younger generation is on to something “new”, it’s still the same ol’ song and dance: Follow the money. The leaders of the current movements towards unionization will soon be rich and will then figure how they too can sell out their own followers, just like every union leader in the history of unions. And BTW, feel free to tear my ACL for $12 million. I’ve been working for 40 years and have yet to make even half of that.
How can you write this article and not discuss the absolute destruction of “our” children during Covid because of the teacher’s union.
From yesterday’s Babylon Bee “Best Questions Wives Should Ask Husbands During a Football Game”: Why is that white man telling those black men what to do. Instead of a coach, whitey will be the union boss.
I sat through a school administrators’ bargaining session this summer. There’s no real accounting for merit in a union contract. It’s all years served and steps. Once a person has put in the required number of years and hits the top step, no more raises until the next contract, three years hence. Many of our principals have all the required degrees and have put in their time. Some outperform others. Too bad. The good ones get the same 2 percent as the not so good ones, and none is given the incentive to improve.
I have absolutely no sympathy for the high priced athletes or most of the SAG members. To the expectant (entitled?) 30 Something warehouse worker or barista, get over it. I fear the day is nigh where you’re going to see what true hardship — aka survival— is all about.
The capacity of The Left to destroy everything in its path should not be underestimated. But football? No way Jose.
Running backs are in a union already. What does that say about the efficacy of unions?
Expectations of what is a “fair wage” have changed dramatically in the last several decades. McDonald’s and its’ imitators thrived in the 1960s by paying minimum wage to workers who were fully-trained in a few shifts and expected to be there months, not years...certainly not decades or a full career. I flipped burgers for six months from 4pm until close while finishing my bachelor’s. I thought it was a fair deal.I got spending money plus a free dinner. Only the manager thought they would be there the following year.
Will unionization enable these employees to be paid $30 or $40 per hour? I suspect instead it will simply accelerate the transition of fast-food restaurants to robotic kitchens with multiple drive-through lanes and tiny dining rooms for the few oddballs who want to sit inside.
Football is a GAME and they are making MILLIONS. It's a twist of fate these guys are making a career out of it at all. Get your MILLIONS and get out. The idea of a union is truly preposterous.
I am not anti-union, but the best way to make a great payday is to make yourself valuable. Starbucks is not a career...get real!
Was this written by a highschooler?