I am pleasantly surprised, if not shocked, that the comments here are predominantly anti-union. The unions have long ago worn out their use and purpose in America. Unions once served as a necessary vehicle to gain certain rights and working conditions. Mission accomplished. Now, while there are absolutely a higher % of good and reliable workers still in unions, they are dragged down by the lazy and unproductive people who hide behind grievances, seniority and being "owed" something. It kills the morale of companies and hurts the chances of new business development in the Mahoning Valley. I've been traveling to industrial pockets in the South for 15 years now for my job, and non-union workers are happy and their companies thrive more often than not. If you're productive you stay, if you're not, you're out. Those companies are also better positioned to compete with Mexico and China to save some work that would go elsewhere. Auto workers across America think that they got shafted with the loss of certain benefits and reduced pay, but the reality is that they were riding a gravy train for 30 years and it has now corrected itself. That may sound harsh but it is dead on accurate.
December 8, 2009 at 1:03 a.m.