The flip side is that if you are really good and work really hard, the ability to demand and receive better than average wage and treatment.
Joining a union you're swapping personal power for group security.
In my opinion, there is no right or wrong, just 2 choices. Do you prefer the stability of a union or the free-for-all of a non-union?
As more and more companies cut health benefits, cut retirement pensions, give sub-inflation raises, out-source, etc, I think we'll begin to see the return of unions.
If Wal-Mart unionized, the prices on the shelves would go up, and the benefit of low-cost goods would be lost. If that benefit is lost, the number of shoppers goes down, producing less revenue for the business, and, in turn, making it harder for the business to provide the benefits which they have been forced into promising to the unions.
Still, this is a free country, and people have a right to unionize. However, if Universal is smart, they will fire every one of their Union-Minded employees. People seek power, and int he hands of employees, businesses suffer. When businesses suffer, employment suffers. So, in essense, power in the hands of employees is detrimental to them.
Look at GM for all the evidence you need of the failed union system. Or the major league baseball strike. Or any number of other failures in business.
Unionism is communism.
Unionism is communism. In that we agree. You trade personal freedom for group safety
Unions are suffering in the manufacturing industry right now because things can be made overseas more cheaply, then shipped in.
Non-unionized airlines are kicking the tail of unionized ones, because they can operate more cheaply. This puts a natural limit on what unions can demand of the airlines. Demand too much and the company goes under.
Where unions are still doing well is in the construction and services industries. Things that can't be outsourced. Newer, younger companies that can hire non-union employees can beat unionized shops on price, but get to big and suddenly your workers are unionizing.
As for theme park workers, can't be outsourced.
And, if Universal fired all the union minded individuals, they'd be facing huge fines and likely someone would go to jail since their are federal laws specifically granting workers the right to unionize without fear of being fired for it.
Wal-Mart has gotten away with it so far by just closing down any store that looks like it might unionize. I think that is only going to work for so long. Do that too many times and there will be a provable pattern.
Do unions hurt business... sure. Do they help employees? Depends if you want freedom with fear or security in a group.
Which is more important, business or employees? Yes.
They are both important. The pendulam swings back and forth. Business gets too much power, people unionize. Unions get too much power, non-union business start up and eat away at the union companies business. Union companies go under, newer non-union companies get too much power, people unionize again.
Secondly, businesses have to be favored over employees. Without business, there are no jobs. That idea doesn't work both ways, because people HAVE to work. The company which produces the most revenues will always provide the best incentives to workers, to increase their productivity and, subsequently, their profits.
There should be no laws regarding employeement as it relates to this issue. If employees want to unionize, they ought to, but, likewise, if a a company wants to fire an employee for unionizing, they ought to be able to. Unions are bad for business, period. A company should not be forced to adopt policies which will ultimately hurt it.
Theme park jobs, for the most part, aren't trade jobs. They are work-for-hire positions, and will be filled easily. Unionize, and you run the risk of having the company reject your terms, and hiring replacment workers. Which is exactly what they ought to do. And, unless customer satisfaction suffers (which I can't really judge since I've never been to Universal), the scabs will stay on, and the union wil have screwed itself.
What is good for business is good for employees. You don't like it? Work somewhere else.
In a perfect world, everyone would get along and there'd be a happy medium where everyone looked out for one another. But, in reality, people really look out for themeselves, and union, noble though there intentions may have been when they started, end up hurting, not helping.
The market takes care of shady businesses (for the most part), and shady business practices. If you don't offer a fair wage, or a competitive pension or whatever it is, then workers will go somewhere where those things are offered. There is a balance which is created in the market, and all I'm saying is that unions have a tendency to artificially tip the scales of that balance, to typically poor results.
And, then those who are on top, will find their backs against a wall.
Union or not.
If the effort to unionize in an attempt to get the message across is seen as viable in this situation, then, perhaps, it is the first step towards some form of resolution.
I don't know.
What I do know is that corporate royalty will continue to grow richer and the vast majority of Americans will continue to grow poorer. And, that is wrong.
Personal views, of course.
Why should they bend over backwards and cut their profit margins to provide you with benefits? You want health care? Sounds like a personal problem. It's available to you, go buy it. If you can't afford it, find another job, go without, or join the army.
America is about enterprise, on EVERYONE'S behalf. It's not Bill Gates' responsibility to make sure John Tindall in accounting doesn't die from the flu. Microsoft doesn't have the flu. Bill Gates doesn't have the flu. That ONE GUY has the flu, and that is his own problem.
That being said, most places of business offer healthcare and what not because it's a carrot on a stick. THE MARKET TAKES CARE OF ITSELF. If people want something, they usually get it. What I cannot understand for the life of me is why people expect to be taken care of by someone else. It doesn't make sense. If you don't feel you're getting the benefits you deserve from your job, go get another job. How can you consider it your employer's responsibility to make sure you don't have to pay to go to the doctor?
You know, most people's housing cost is higher than their healthcare cost. It's almost prohibitive. But you wouldn't think to ask your boss to pay your mortgage, would you? What about food? Should you get a meal allowance from work as well?
Where does it end?
Like I said, unionism is selective communism, and communism is a FAILURE on all levels.
The market does take care of itself. You talk about our current economic situation? You mean the current economy that has provided statistical full employment? Or maybe the one which has cut taxes for all tax payers in the country, while increasing tax revenues? Or how about the part where our current economy has put the stock market over 11,000? Don't believe me? Turn off CNN for half and hour and read Ben Stine, or FORBES magazine or the Wall Street Journal and see how the economy is really doing. Fantastic. Gas prices go up because oil speculators raise the price to help their stockholders make money. Most Exxon-Mobil stock is in pensions plans which are paid out to Unions and as part of benefit packages to employees across America. Check it out, I invite you. Gas companies don't set oil prices, oil companies do. Shell Gas, for example, makes 7 cents on a gallon of gasoline. They've always made about 7 cents on a gallon of gasoline. Compare that to Coca-Cola, which makes 22 cents on a gallon of coke, or, worse, 200% profit on a gallon of Dasani water. Why not go complain about them? Gas profits go up because demand and purchase goes up. They sell more gas they make more money. SUVs gulp gas...those drivers buy more gas, profits go up. China starts buying oil from our providers where they didn't before. Profits go up. Oil prices go up, not gas prices...want to stop that? Let gas go up to 8 dollars, or stop buying gas. The price will come down, because the oil companies won't be able to make any money because they won't be able to sell any oil. It's simple economics.
I don't have anything against people unionizing to protect themselves...and I don't have anything against businesses busting unions to protect themselves. Are you at all firmiliar with the history of Andrew Carnagie? How about skyscrapers? If Carangie hadn't busted the steel unions, the cost of steel would have been so prohibitive that the great cities of America would never have been built.
This is THEMEPARKINSIDER.COM. Let's look at Walt Disney. Born to a poor family in Chicago, moves to Marceline, MO, where the farm fails and the situation gets no better. No college, no trust fund, no hand-out: end result - this website, every major theme park on earth, and a billion dollar business, which, as it turns out, provides jobs (and, in some cases, benefits) to thousands and thousands of people.
This is America, and it wasn't founded on crying and holding you hand out. In America, everyone is free to do with themselves whatever they can...to make of themselves the best person they can. And in order to do that...to provide that freedom...you have to have freedom in all aspects of life, both social AND economic. But freedom must also go TWO WAYS, and that means that with freedom must come independence, and independence MEANS independence. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. Maybe you'll get rich...maybe you won't. But you look around this country, and you'll see a reality: there is NO poverty. Poor people in this country have cell phones and televisions. When's the last time you heard of someone STARVING to death in America, who wasn't a homeless drug-addict?
We started at nothing in America, 230 years ago, and in 230 years, we became the NUMBER ONE ECONOMY ON THE EARTH. There is less poverty here than ANY OTHER MAJOR COUNTRY ON EARTH. There is less fatal illness here than ANYWHERE ELSE ON EARTH. America provides the food and medicine and international aid, and we're able to do that because of our FREE ECONOMIC system. We have all the money, whereas just 230 years ago, we had none. Do you think that's a coincidence?
Unions, in action, do nothing but choke out businesses...businesses that provide jobs, and money, to workers. Unions are bad for the economy, and in that, bad for workers.
Open your eyes man. There is NOTHING wrong with our economy. There will always be poor people, and there will always be rich people, and there's NOTHING that ANY SYSTEM YOU CAN DEVELOP will do to stop that.
You want to be rich? Go get rich? What's stopping you?
About Walmart: nobody forces employees to work for Walmart. Walmart employees don't have to stay at Walmart. They must be doing something right if they have no shortage of employees. Let's face it: if a business stomps on it's employees, the employees will walk, won't they?? I wish I had a Walmart near me, but every time they try to open a store, a group of 10-20 people from the community start a 'paranoia campaign' to stop the 'great evil' from infecting their neighborhood. So 10-20 people dictate the ability of thousands of people to purchase goods at low prices. Sounds like a democracy where the majority rules, doesn't it??...
Scott asks "You want to be rich? Go get rich? What's stopping you?"
What good is getting rich if you're just going to get taxed to death? Anything to make one big happy middle class, right? Why should the people that don't succeed have to work at all, when we can have 'wealth re-distribution"? Wake up, people.
Unions are a weapon to steal that which you did not earn, are worth or take take a risk for. Shareholders take the financial risk, and so rightfully take the majority of the profit. Don't like it? Well, I hear there is still a workers paradise a little north of Seoul.
And By the way..Unions did NOT create the middle class. The middle class have always been and will always be those risk takers and hard workers who own the corner store, the small bakery, become the bank manager or the manager at Wal-mart...they are NOT AFL-CIO members, nor are they UAW drones.
Seems to be a little Roosevelt/Socialist revisionist history at play around here.
Once a month the bigwigs from NY, dressed to kill (think Mafioso), would come visit my former workplace and make all kinds of promises, and reassure us of the value of being in the union. None of those promises would come true. What ended up happening was that they kept the non-worker employed. That was all. It didn't matter how hard you worked. The incentive to work hard was gone. They'd stop in once a month, give a 'Thanks for paying your dues" speech, then back into the limo. Maybe a union is beneficial somewhere, but not where I worked. Never again for me.
Unions reward mediocrity and stiffle innovation or the industrious. This dumbing down happens in any socialist scheme, where the those who try to rise above their station are dragged down to the lowest common denominator for the good of the whole. Soon the whole becomes stagnant and gridlocked with people who feel entitled to a paycheck, instead of privilaged to earn one.
The facts are the facts..your labor is only worth so much.
Lets say a ride operator makes $7/hr industry wide...what makes you think your worth more? And what makes you, an employee, think your desires are more important than the investors financial requirments? If you organize a union and by threat of FORCE demand the investor pay more, he is likely to take his investment where he can get the required return..if enough investors do this you are soon left with a union, and no job to support it.
Want to get rich? Work hard, educate yourself, and stop thinking your worth more than someone is willing to pay or that you are entitled to some one elses wealth.
Sometimes I think I'm the only one.
Here's a good analogy for why communism (read: unions) don't work:
Life is a race. The American way of life says the fastest guy, the guy who trains the hardest, the guy who gives it his all...he wins the race. He reaps the benefits. The more you train, the harder you try, the better you ensure your finishing spot will be. Communism seeks to produce a different result...where noone wins the race. Everyone finishes the same. Everyone is "equal". But guess what? You can't make the slow guy run faster. He's two hundred pounds over weight. He'd rather watch G4TV and eat cheetos than work out his quads. He's as fast as he's going to get. So now, to make everyone finsih the same, you have a dilemma. The end result: you end up having to slow the fast guy down. So whereas before, some people excelled, and others didn't, based totally on their own desire, hard work, and dedication, now no one excells, at all.
Unions are a racket. For example:
There's a massive building being built right now that is completely "eco-friendly". It is built with all these advanced cooling systems, etc. Now, the toilets in this building don't have water in them. They flush without it. Don't ask how, I'm not a toilet engineer. Anyway, the union plumbers in the town were so PISSED that they didn't get the contract to work on the building, that they SUED the contractor who was building it for not giving them the job. The settlement? The entire building was fitted and equipped with water pipes and a sewage system which it will NEVER USE. How much cost do you think that added to the project? How STUPID is that?
Like I said, if they want to unionize at Universal, let them. But if the Universal company wants to have a union-free work place...let them. It HAS to work both ways.
Don't like it? Build your own theme park. It's the American way.
That's the one in Philadelphia, right? If it's the one I'm thinking of, I read about it and still can't believe how it went down.
What you're talking about with Wal-Mart is wealth redistribution, and it doens't work, period. Just read a book.
It's obvious from this discussion that what I said in the beginning is true: you can't teach adults economics. But, I can't resist the urge to try just one more time...
Wal-Mart has it's employees budgeted in as a part of there over all budget. If you raise wages, pay out benefits, etc, you inflate that budget. There is no amount of pay cut in the world that any CEO or official at Wal-Mart could take that would off-set the massive increased cost of providing higher wages (which are actually rather competitive, my friend works at Wal-Mart and started at 10.40 and hour, not bad for a shelf-stocker who'd make 6 bucks at the local grocery) and health benefits to all of Wal-Mart's thousands of hourly employees, and so they'd have to build that cost into their budget...and they'd raise product shelf price. As helath-care costs went up, and the federal government continued to cause even greater inflation by artificially adjusting the minimum wage, that, of course, would steadily help eliminate Wal-Mart's only advantage over stores like Target, and thereby hinder Wal-Mart's ability to succeed, and provide jobs for employees and services for the community.
But yeah, you should make more money, even though it means driving a profitable, job-generating, product and service providing business into the ground. At least you's be making an extra 60 bucks a week. Wait...but then so would everybody else, and then prices on products would go up to match the increased average wage, thereby negating the effects of the entire scheme, save for the irreperable tdamage you'd ave done to the thousands of people employed by Wal-Mart.
But go for it.
And oh yeah, you complain about having to work two jobs to make ends meet? Oh, say it ain't so! Somebody call the UN! Not TWO WHOLE JOBS! Get over it. You aren't guarenteed success in America, or any other country for that matter. You are only guarenteed a fair opportunity. Work two jobs or cut your spending.
People used to work 12 hours a day 7 days a week to make "ends meet" and those people produced THIS country, so apparently, it's not impossible.