From the Boston Herald: "If I were looking for a good job that lets me build some security for my family, I’d join a union,” Obama said at the annual Labor Day breakfast of the Greater Boston Labor Council. "If I wanted somebody who had my back, I'd join a union."
Note to President Obama: If I want somebody to have MY back, it would be me.
As it always has been.
I've never been a member of a union, and wouldn't join one if my life depended on it. That's because I was raised to give the people who pay my salary the best effort I know how, not the average effort. Unions reward average effort with security, but also reward those who don't work much at all, while destroying the initiative and drive of overachievers everywhere.
And yes, unions were a necessity decades ago. So were buggy whips. But like buggy whips, their time has gone by. Laws are in place to keep kids from being used as slave labor. The 40-hour work week is well established. Vacation and sick pay is the norm, rather than the exception. All of these are good to great things brought about by the labor movement from years ago.
But it came with a cost. Unions have priced American labor out of the marketplace. We no longer make most of the things we buy. Sure, much is because people in countries without our labor laws can make things much cheaper than we do, but that's because the ever-increasing demands of American unions artificially raised the wages of American unskilled workers to the point where we no longer can compete globally in manufacturing the goods we need or want.
And it's even more telling when the largest unions in America are comprised of government workers. Once, unions were the organizations which protected workers from physical harm or abuse. Now, the majority of union members are protected from the consequences of their inefficiency and their incompetence. This is not to say that all government employees are bad, but it's curious to figure out just what labor injustices are being corrected or addressed by protecting employees who don't manufacture things, but largely push paper. Are paper cuts suddenly life threatening?
Labor Day exists now solely because the payroll patriots in government need another day off with pay, which means for the rest of us, it won't be going away any time soon.
Those poor, overworked schlubs need their valuable time off.
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