The first thing that stands out is that you need a pay cut ;)<quoted text>
Not exactly. I work at Erie Insurance for over $60 an hour so I'm not bitter or jealous. The GE workers in Erie are notoriously lazy; in fact, they pride themselves in sandbagging. I regularly hear stories about workers sleeping on the job, encouraging others to work more slowly, and being generally disengaged at work.
It has nothing to do with envy for me. It's common sense that the GE Erie workforce is very ineffeicient and unwilling to compromise.
Some will argue that GE made billions last year so they can afford to overpay it's inefficient workforce, but keep in mind that GE is a public company owned by shareholders, many of whom are workers.
Second, management is responsible for all the bad you've mentioned. Allowing it encourages it.
Third, what you say about GE's profits may be true but you missed a step. We were specifically told that the way to higher wages and better bennies was to become more productive, which we did.
Then they wanted drop our wages and bennies in the middle of a contract. Can you find a disconnect there? Hellooooooooooooo!
(BTW I like that Hellooooooooooooo thing. I'm bringing it back.)