Army of Mom

So this is how liberty dies ... with thunderous applause.


Welcome to the Real World

*taking deep breaths*

I can't tell you how many people I know who've lost their job because of the crummy economy. I also know a stable of people who are the lucky ones. Ok, lucky may be a strange word for it. But, they have jobs, at least. They may have taken a 10 percent pay cut or lost benefits.

I think the striking Bell Helicopter workers are making a bad choice. Bless their hearts, *note the sarcasm* they got a 3 percent raise and a bonus, but they're going to have to pay more for their health benefits. Cry me a river. Join the rest of the world. Or you know what? You can opt not to take their medical insurance and get your own if you think you can get a better deal.

Apparently, Bell wants to eliminate its janitorial staff and outsource that function and that may be part of the strike, too. That is admirable that the union doesn't want to see these folks lose jobs, but come on. That kind of work is easier to find. Your manufacturing job will soon be a thing of the past as your job is outsourced overseas. I don't think I'd push myself out of a job by demanding more. Just me.


  • At 12:43 PM, June 15, 2009, Blogger Timestep said…

    I found myself choking when I read that the financial institutions were trying to pay back their loans so they could make their own decisions - i.e., they need to be able to pay their executives bonuses in order to retain 'talent.'

    The financial industry really needs a trip to reality.

  • At 7:32 PM, June 15, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The janitorial pool at Bell is not just a cleaning service. When Bell workers get bumped from their regular position (due to project endings, etc), they move down to the janitorial pool to keep their Bell benefits and continuity until another regular job opens up. *THAT* is why they are mad about losing the pool. Of course, whenever a regular drops into the pool, a janitor loses his job, but I don't think the janitor is union, so it doesn't matter to the UAW.

  • At 7:39 PM, June 15, 2009, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    I can understand that being a sore spot. I'm still not a fan of the tactics.

  • At 8:48 PM, June 15, 2009, Blogger Army of Dad said…

    Yes because it is a terrible thing to pay back a loan. I am all for the banks giving the taxpayers money back!


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