[rescue] Cluesticks (was Mounting and Dumping)

Lionel Peterson lionel4287 at yahoo.com
Sun Jan 18 16:13:58 CST 2004

--- Mike Meredith <mike at blackhairy.demon.co.uk> wrote:

> In the UK at least, there are unions for many kinds of workers who
> have never been mistreated ... or at least not to the extent that
> coal-miners were. For example teachers, education psychologists,
> civil service workers and managers, etc.

Civil employees and teachers are unionized here as well, but they
*were* mistreated for a long time, but the unions have been in place so
long we forget...

I have a friend that worked for the state of Pennsylvania, in their
Liquor Control Board - he was forced into the union (if he wanted to
work as a programmer), but because he was viewed as "nearly
management," he was precluded from voting in union elections/matters...

Of course, they still took their "union fee" right out of his paycheck
just the same... ;^) It is anecdotal stories like this that make me
question the value of a "professional" union. I think teachers (as a
profession) suffer for being part of the union, though I concede that
it probably is needed to ensure some level of sanity in the public
education system (local school boards can not be trusted to "do the
right thing" I suspect)...


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