This has been a great discussion topic, but it is all irrelevant now. IBEW local 363, has a tentative agreement in place, and the members are probably going to ratify the new contract after the Thanksgiving holidays.
Iam a union proud union member and make 56,000 a year.Is that too much when our ceo makes 28 million with bonus and stock options?The average ceo pay has gone from 125 times the average worker in his company to 500 times in the last 30 years.Some unions have abused the system,auto workers,but management allowed this to happen and as much to blame.Most unions are have given back benefits and wages only to see their upper executives get fat bouses.No,their is plenty blame to go around.scott
That 94% "Mmebership" Vote strike will kill FTR! Then there will be 100% IBEW hitting the Unemployment line.
I vote 100% that FTR move their Call Center operation to a "Right to Work" state...Texas, Mississippi or North Carolina. Please do not move it to India or China.
Unions add nothing to workers' or companies' bottom line but cost and expenses and disruptions.
Union membership is another tax on wages.
We need to get FTR to move to Texas where there are very little unions and a lot of jobs.
Texas has created more jobs in the last two years because of no unions and conservative governament-meaning low taxes etc.
You union thugs can go flip Hamburgers after FTR leaves.
I am not a union fan but they do have a place in American business. It isn't the high wages sought by the unions that has driven the jobs off shore it is the government policies that made it more profitable for them to do business elsewhere. In the last decade unions have often agreed to lower wages only to see their jobs leave. The gov't has pushed the service economy making durable goods jobs expendable. While developing countries offer modern facilities and tax incentives to locate factories in their domains. Unions don't help themselves (except public service unions) by backing politicians that don't back durable goods jobs here.
There is no place in the work force for unions any longer. We have laws in this country that protect workers rights. Collective Bargaining is the only tool the unions have in their bag, and at that, it only drives the cost of labor up in manufacturing and construction services. And you wonder why we can't compete in the global workplace!!