Quote from zenman
May the stupid people rule!
It's not always stupid. If you're an unskilled grocery worker, like the ones in California who have gone on strike, it is probably stupid, mostly because you are unskilled labor and the company can hire anybody to replace you. There is no leverage.
But if you're a skilled nurse, and can't be replaced so easily, it's not so stupid. Especially when hospitals are short and a nurse can find work just about anywhere. Nurses, especially when they band together, have tons of leverage.
The union IS the only reason wages were raised in my town. And they did it without a strike. Why? Because the hospital knew the nurses could find any number of jobs within 30 miles driving distance if there was a strike. So they caved.
Thanks to the union, this hospital is now the highest paying in the area. It was an landmark event in my community, where half the nurses have commuted elsewhere because of low pay.
That's not stupid. That's incredibly smart.