union membership is for workers who are losers and/or lazy. Union members hide behind the shop steward....Let me see if I understand most of what passes as "comment" on this thread. First, Canada is going to sell off our resources. You do understand that the Land Commissioner has leased the mineral rights on state land? That the schools of New Mexico will receive the benefit of these leases? That unless someone is willing to invest in the mine the resources remain unused and no money is produced for schools?
Second, minerman's problem (i.e., he must shave) is Obama's fault. Obama is also responsible for the ring in your toilet!
Third, unions only exist to make union bosses rich. Well I am here to tell you that the current economic crisis in this country is in part the result of the diminution of union power. Government has abdicated its role as a check to unbridled corporate largess. Unions used to effectively provide oversight for corporate excess but, over the past several decades of mostly Republican control of government at the federal level, unions have lost ground. The result is that the working stiffs of this country suffer. But more importantly corporations have exercised nearly unlimited influence with Congress and the Executive--more recently in our Judiciary.
I owe all that I am to unions. My father and grandfather worked in the hole that used be called US Borax and they got only what the union squeezed out of the company. Potashers in the 1950s and 1960s did quite well compared to other miners and skilled laborers around the country at that time BECAUSE of the unions. US Borax was--and its successors are still--a powerful economic force in this country.
Unions fighting for what was fair never prevented or delayed the success of US Borax; its shareholders got rich beyond their dreams. All the angst that the corporate bosses want us to experience today over their bottom line is BS. So get off your high horse about unions causing problems. They have prevented and solved a multitude of problems in our country for years and should be able to continue.
To quote Woody Guthrie:
Their once was a Union Maid
Who never was afraid
Of the goons and the ginks
And the company finks
And the Sheriff's Deputies
Who made the raids.
Unions will only cease to be relevant when no one is required to sell their labor for a wage!
Like minerman, above, bitchin about safety rules - he is too stupid to understand there are federal safety rules that the company must enforce....
and if there is an accident, he'll be the first to sue - poor me
no sir, you are WRONG... unions are NOT for the workers, unions are simply another big business