Friday, August 20, 2004

Good News, Bad News

Didn't see this until the beginning of August, the UFCW in Jonquière, Quebec, won recognition at the Wal-Mart there. A hearing will be held today to determine the makeup of the bargaining unit.

Well done, workers! Forward! But I have a feeling the contract negotiations will drag on for months and be taken to court over and over. They don't bust unions with brickbats and police batons much anymore -- they bust them with a pen.

In not-so-good news, United Airlines said it would likely cancel its pension plans to help itself emerge from bankruptcy. All those years people put into working and saving up through defined pension benefits -- sorry, we kinda couldn't manage our company very well, so we'll just be taking this, thanks.

And nothing happens. No consequences. And the most you get out of the union leaders is, "Well, that's unfortunate. We're angry." If they occupied an office or held massive walk-offs or sickouts, they might have a little more influence.

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