December 28, 2003
Poor Elena..another victimů just what the world needs. ("Hard
Times," Dec. 25, 2003)
No company owes its employees anything. That is why they pay
employees. If you are provided benefits, health insurance, pension/retirement
plans, that is all at employer expense and it is an incentive
for the employee to stay with the company. It is not given because "they
Elena, stop being a victim and get a new job. You agreed to
the employment terms when you joined the union. Now you find
that you don't work for the supermarket, you work for the union
and you feel betrayed.
Unions have become gangs, they take your money in monthly dues,
invest it, keep the profit, pay you a small percent if you go
on strike, and threaten you and the supermarket if anyone should
cross the "line." Some job protection!
The global economy has come to small-town USA. No longer can
we have a low skilled job that pays high wages. Get with the
program. Learn new skills, get new skill paydays. These jobs
were not meant to be career paths, they were stepping stones
to better jobs. But with union pressure, the pay scale was increased
to a level that some folks thought this was enough to "have
the American dream." And stopped looking beyond their present
Now of course, if an illegal immigrant is a busboy, making minimum
wage, there are "economic justice" groups that want
a "living wage" for that job description, because you
can't "raise a family" being a busboy.
That is correct, and you should not expect to support a family
if you are a busboy. It seems that if anyone has ANY job at all,
it should be able to "pay enough to support a family."
Communism tried this, the taxi driver and the surgeon all make
the same amount of money. No matter their "profession."
I don't think so.