mike bartrum
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Potosi, MO

#162 Feb 7, 2012
Wiser than work for all wrote:
It simply amazes me that every time I hear the old "unions are to expensive" "unions are bad" line, that the people making the comments seem to know very little about unions. Yes, union labor is sometimes more expensive, however, the union worker has health care benefits provided for in that wage. Union workers are trained in the specific job that they perform and can do the job efficiently. Many non-union contractors hire people to perform multiple jobs that they have not been trained for and the end product is sub standard craftsmanship. Take into account the last school built in Racine. After completion, there was several hundred thousand dollars in repairs needed. There are still deficiencies to be corrected when they build there next new building. The same construction deficiencies have arisen all over the state since the "non-union" building craze hit our state government. Then you can take into consideration the non-union contractors who pay their employees sub-standard wages, and no health care. These man and women must then depend on the medicaid program for healthcare. We all know where the medicaid program comes from, so add that to the costs of sub-standard craftsmanship and suddenly non-union labor isn't so cheap. Another point you should consider, if there were no unions, what would keep your employer from deciding that they pay you too much? Years ago, truck drivers were expected to work for low wages, drive day and night, have no benefits, and work on the docks when not in the truck. The TEAMSTERS changed all that. The coal wars in West Virginia happened because the companies worked the miners 20 hrs a day for straight time pay, paid in company dollars which could only be spent at the company stores and all the products at the company stores were inflated in price, to provide even more profit to the company. Safety was non-existent, and if a man was injured, he was on his own and they replaced him immediately. Thank You to the UNITED MINE WORKERS for taking up the fight for fair wage and a safe work place. The list would go on and on but if you haven't got the point yet, you probably never will. Just remember, whatever your job is, there would be somebody willing to do the same job for less money, no benefits, no vacations, no sick days and do it all in an unsafe work place. Just look at what is happening in the cities and towns in our southwestern states. When you have no collective bargaining, all the power goes to the employers, and when that happens we will all be at their mercy.

Since: Nov 11

Point Pleasant, WV

#163 Feb 7, 2012
Opinion wrote:
@ majorityruleisourway ~ I assume you get invited to house for football on the big screen?
No. Never been there. Actually don't even know where he lives. Never been invited. It's ok though.

All I ask is that everybody think for themselves. If you feel you (anyone) can do a better job for the county, please step up and do so. All the non-stop character assassinations only hurt the political process.(personally I hate where the "political" process is right now anyway). Lots of people who potentially could do a great deal for the community don't really want to go through all of the negativity that now seems required once they get elected. I wouldn't. By reducing the number of individuals who would step up, we also reduce the quality to some degree. That hurts everyone. We have the right to change our leadership during the elections. After the elections we should at least try to be civil, even if we don't agree with the policy. Then work like hell to make the changes in elected officials that the majority wants. The non-stop bashing isn't good for either side.

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