Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years
Posted: 10 January 2012
To LE 30+:
You mention that you are "pro union", yet the facts you cite in your
diatribe on the current state of unions is a little off the mark, as
are your comments on who is to blame for the current state of affairs.
First, union officers who make $300K a year? really, I suggest you look
at the DOL website and search for your respective unions LM reports
where the salaries of those union leaders is a matter of public record
for all to see. I also doubt you'll see any salaries in the range you
As to our current contracts and situation, it can be argued that the
UTU placed us in that position, or on the path of going the PEB route,
but the fact remains, that the unions within PEB243 were told by the
people in the congress that if the issue actually came to them,
they'dve shoved into us even more, quite possibly wrecking the RLA and
RRB in the process of "helping us". This should be cause for concern
because it shows where the real issue lies, that being the congress we
elect of office doesn't represent us, they represent those special
interests who supply the most dollar wise. Now who might that be?
Surely not the unions who essentially operate on a shoestring money
wise. Hell we get grief from our repective memberships for a
$1.00/month increase in dues while the bozos in congress take 10 times
that from us without so much as a whimper from those same folks who
gripe at the $1.00 increase.
Most union members don't care about what goes on between contracts,
either within their union, or the congress. They only look at things
from that brief time and say to their union "what are you going to do
for me?" Nevermind that in between when that union member should have
been caring and paying attention the whole time, congress cuts the rug
out from under the union by being beholden to the Carrier who supplies
those congressmen with the $$ for re-election. And we wonder why we're
in the proverbial pickle? That union that you seem to despise is in
actuality protecting you rights and helping to keep your standards of
living at par or better than the nation as a whole, all while you
happily go to work in between contracts and pay no mind to what gos on.
The whole time protecting you from forces that would love to strip that
which you have away from you. If they could do it all at once they
would. They can't because of some of things the union brought to you
(i.e. RLA, mediation, workers rights laws just to name a few).
We all need to wake up and see where the process has gone wrong and
start doing something about it instead of standing in the shadows, and
then bitching about the very folks who do our battles for us 365/24/7 .
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