for the record - i've never
held a union job. that said, my family members were union members from the beginning (great-grandpa was a "sit-down" striker in flint michigan).
there are many things left out
of your history books - most notably the crimes
"their baptism by fire came on jan. 11, 1937, when guards at fisher two refused to allow food in. outside pickets brought food in by ladder to the second floor, but the guards then confiscated the ladder. then the police began to surround the plant. pickets swarmed to the gate. twenty inside strikers, with homemade clubs, demanded the guards open the gate. when the guards refused, they forced the gate open. the police fired tear gas and vomit-inducing gas (of which gm had its own private stockpiles
" in a gamble that would prove successful, they chose to occupy chevrolet nine, and to leak word of the occupation to draw the guards away from chevy four. after being told at a meeting they were needed at chevy nine, scores of pickets, half of them from the women’s auxiliary and the women’s emergency brigade, converged on the plant. when the cops fired gas into the plant, attempting to smother its occupants, the women smashed the windows to allow the gas to escape.
combat with the police left many strikers bloodied and bruised, but the police retreated in the face of such determination.
"a lot, he explains, were young guys since gm usually threw a man out by the time he was 40
"the sit-downers of '37 went on to lead the fight for the contractual rights which are now under severe attack: seniority, a grievance procedure, vacation pay, cola, pensions, 30 and out retirement, medical insurance
, etc. "
a little research will show you that the ada and your wage&hour laws are pretty much toothless. a union at least gives you a chance
to fight unfair or illegal behavior by your employer without ponying up for a lawyer yourself.
i'm sure you'll hear about how this is a "different time" - but the fact remains, corporations will try to get away with whatever they can to make a buck - corporations do not have morals, they have shareholders