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I have been paying attention to the way Unions in this country have been conducting themselves, and I am not very happy with what I have seen. I attribute the Unions with many companies sending our manufacturing jobs overseas, and have heard stories about how people in the 60’s and 70’s that were just highschool grads were getting paid outrageous salaries for basically sweeping the floors at such Union powerhouses like General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler just to name three that come to mind immediately. Then there have been several strikes by educators, that in my mind, have sent a terrible message of greed, and selfishness to a generation of children that may not be able to be reversed. This is wrong, do not jeopardize my childs well-being and education with your message of greed.

I will try and place some links to some of the stories that I am going to rant about here on this virtual page. I will start with the recent Hurricane Sandy fiasco. Millions without homes and, or power, companies in the south lined trucks and crews up and sent them to the area to help get the power back on, and guess what? When they arrived in the Northeast the Union bosses told these crews to turn around and go home, because they were not Union employees they were not wanted there. I was so fucking pissed when I heard this, and it was but a one minute blurb on the news and that was the last time it was mentioned by the media, that I suppose is another Union company.   http://dailycaller.com/2012/11/02/ala-utility-florida-crewman-blame-electrical-union-for-interfering-with-hurricane-sandy-relief-video/ Now there are conflicting reports on the story but there are some that were already Union affiliated and they were allowed in, and then there were others that were being forced to sign Union contracts to be able TO HELP THEIR FELLOW AMERICANS! People this is BULLSHIT!!

Let’s travel back in time to the era of the Dinosaurs, they were majestic, giants that served a purpose, and now we burn them in our gas tanks, they are extinct, and my friends that is where the Unions need to be,,,,extinct. They had a time, and a place, and they did many things for the American worker at the turn of the century, and shortly after the industrial revolution. Now however they have forced companies to take our jobs, American jobs, and send them to places like China, India, The Philippines, Vietnam, and Indonesia leaving many Americans with nothing, no work, few American made products, and the Unions are still fighting to get broom pushers $30.00 dollars an hour.

Now let us talk about the union dues that the Union members have to pay. This is very interesting to me that people are stupid enough to let an organization take money from their paychecks with little to no accountability for what the money is actually used for. Here is a link to a Forbes story from July of this year that I found interesting;   http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2012/07/31/union-dues-are-a-prohibitively-bad-investment/  and here is the Wikipedia definition of union dues;  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_dues.

Now here are a couple of links that may spark some controversy about the Unions and why I believe it is time for us to bury this dinosaur. note some are from very biased media, but none the less there is some truth and facts in them all;  http://www.redstate.com/realquiet/2012/06/03/the-unions-tried-to-keep-a-lid-on-scott-walker-from-revealing-what-unions-really-are-and-now-hopefully-the-nation-may-figure-it-out-as-well/http://iamfacts.com/iam-dues/ the second one has a video from a former Union organizer.

I suppose you have asked what has sparked this strong response to Unions? I will tell you in a nutshell, and one word HOSTESS!  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hostess_Brands  the company started in America in 1930 and until recently was the largest baker and distributor of bakery products in this country. In recent years what with the idiotic laws about large drinks, and Cheetos being banned here and there because they make us fat,,,right,,it would not be the real fact that the people made a choice to eat to many Twinkies, or the individual made the choice to super-size their  happy meal all on their own, did that ever dawn on one of the mentally challenged politicians that are forcing more and more laws on us that take away our choices? Did anyone hold a gun to any kids and make them eat 10 bags of Cheetos? Anyway,,,forgive my random tangent on another subject for another post.  Wonder Bread, Dolly Madison, Drake brands, and let’s not forget that old American staple THE TWINKIE, all gone forever, no more Hostess “Ho-Hos” no more Dolly Madison snack cakes, no more “Butternut Breads” never to exist again. Now here is the real nail in the Union coffin for me, besides taking away our Twinkies, and our cup cakes, they are going to put 18500 workers out of work a week before Thanksgiving, and about a month until Christmas. Now you may ask why? Well the Bakers Union said they could not live on their wages, and went on strike. Look at this fact,,, “Hostess had annual sales of about $2.5 billion. The company said it had been making 500 million Twinkies and 127 million loaves of Wonder Bread annually before Friday’s shutdown.” This was quoted from a news story online at: http://whotv.com/2012/11/16/goodbye-twinkies-hostess-brands-closing-for-good/. Now I will tell you this, it has been an eon since I actually ate a Twinkie, but that is not the point here. The point is that the Bakers Union started a strike, a UNION started a strike, after this company that we are all affected by one way or another due to their baking diversity, had filed for bankruptcy twice since 2004, In the first one they were coming out of a four year restructuring process, and more recently they filed again on Wednesday.

Here’s the beef that the Bakers Union had, in the restructuring process the employees were give an 8% cut in pay, that would have gradually been cut to 4% in a number of years, and they took a 30% cut in health benefits. These are bad things, but in the long run the needs of the many are more important than the needs of the few. Not in this day and age, greed, the love of money, and material things has blinded us all, we have become a nation of dumbed down, greedy, selfish, that have little to no respect to each other, and demand that people respect us, again I call BULLSHIT!

It is becoming colder where I live, with shorter days, and work is slowing down, this directly affects my job, and my wages at my part time position that I have at a mom and pop rental business. From now until spring our hours will be cut, and people will be asked if they would consider going home? Every employee of the company is will to be in a rotation of days off so no one gets hurt as badly as we would if THEY HAD TO LAY US OFF, or SHUT THE DOORS because us greedy ass employees would not try and save our own jobs we had rather take the self centered, greedy path, and kill the hand that feeds us. How stupid is that? I would gladly take a cut in pay, and benefits if it meant that I would still have a job to feed my family with! Now what? You idiots will get some of your Union dues back in the form of “STRIKE WAGES” that the Union pays, but is it your $35.00 per hour? Then you will get your federal Unemployment insurance for 26 weeks, with maybe one extension. At which time some of you neurosurgeon, will be completely out of work and money. This is when I expect to see some of your crying hungry babies on TV with you there blaming Hostess for going out of business, and trying to levy a lawsuit against them for YOUR POOR CHOICE you Bakers Union members. Your friends and neighbors will begin to re-locate, and they will begin to loose their homes, and retirement funds, all because a poor choice by a small percentage of Hostess employees.

Hostess was an 82 year old retailer and manufacturer of baked goods, they had nearly 19,000 employees and gave us many decades of sweet snacks and breads. Here is a list of the “Hostess Brands” products that we will be loosing due to the Unions.

Sweet Snacks Twinkies, CupCakes, Ding Dong’s, Ho Hos, Sno Balls, Donettes Devil Dogs, – Drake’s Funny Bones, – Drake’s Ring Dings, – Drake’s CoffeeCakes, – Drake’s Blueberry Muffins, – Drake’s Yodels – Drake’s

Breads Wonder Nature’s Pride, Merita, Home Pride, Beefsteak, Butternut, Millbrook, Eddy’s, J.J. Nissen, Sweetheart, Cotton’s, Holsum, Sunbeam, Bread du Jour.

I am pissed, not only at the Unions, but at all  you sorry people who went on strike in whatever American company and cost your fellow employees their jobs, and all of you greedy, materialistic scum bags that all you care about is yourself. When we are without jobs, and then all on welfare, what then? I know the God damn Unions can bail us all out with the millions they have taken from the American worker, no strike that, the billions in lost wages, and jobs lost to, in some cases, our former enemies, i.e. Vietnam, and China.

You should all be ashamed of yourselves, what about your neighbors kids, what about your kids? You have done an Iconic American Company in because of greed!



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