The UAW workers are about the worst of them. Most people don't understand that unless they've had the unpleasant experience of working with them.<quoted text>By the way...the U.S. hotbed of unions has long been the Auto Workers Union. Let me ask, how is Detroit doing these days?
I've been driving a truck for well over 20 years now. One of the reasons my car is Japanese is because of what I had to go through delivering to these automotive plants. These UAW workers are some of the most useless human beings on earth.
Out of all my bad experiences with the union workers, the one I remember the best was a delivery I had to make to the Chrysler plant (now closed down) in Twinsburg.
I got to the docks and asked where they wanted me to park my truck. They told me Fred (the supervisor) was the only one who could give me a dock. Fine I said, where is Fred? The workers replied that Fred was in his office, but he's sleeping, and if I wake him up, he'll keep me there all day. They started to laugh and I laughed with them. I can take a joke. But when I went to the office, they weren't kidding. Fred was actually sleeping.
So I went back to the group of guys who were standing around doing absolutely nothing, and explained that I had to get that truck unloaded in order to avoid charging the customer for delay time. One of the workers hesitantly went and got Fred who came out of the office grumpy as all hell. Our conversation went like this:
This isn't our freight.
Then who's freight is it?
This is the millwright unions freight and I can't unload it.
Because if I unload it, the millwright workers can file a grievance against me.
Okay, so can you ask a millwright worker to come here and unload this truck?
The millwright workers can't unload this truck.
Because this isn't a millwrights dock.
Oaky, where is the millwrights dock?
In front of the building.
Okay, I'll drive around to the front of the building, and you ask the millwright workers to unload me there.
Because the millwright's dock plates are broken. But I think the maintenance guy knows how to get them working.
Okay, so I'll drive around to the front, and you ask the maintenance guy to get the dock plate on my trailer.
Now why not?
Because only a millwright maintenance guy is allowed to mess around with the millwrights dock, and I don't know if he's here yet.
Long story short, I finally went to the front, they finally found a millwrights maintenance guy and they put the dock plate on my trailer. But then nobody was doing anything, so I went inside to see WTF was up. I approached the guy on the tow motor and asked when they would start unloaded me because I've already been there almost three hours? The guy just laughed and said "Now we're on lunch."
A non-union shop would have had my truck unloaded in about a half-hour. But because it was a union shop with union nonsense, I spent the entire morning there.