Originally Posted by chip_gilkey
You guys are right, the workers should've just rolled over and taken the pay/benefits deductions. Why bother saying anything, just let them pay you what they wish. Don't bother standing up for yourselves. I'd like to see how some of you would react if your boss told you they were cutting your pay and benefits.
Pay deduction versus losing your job right before the holiday season. You tell me which was the right decision.
The unions killed the company. I'd say I'm surprised, but I've seen it happen to plenty of Dad's competition. They'd go out of business and if/when the parent company bought out assets to add to our inventory or remove a competing product from the market, they'd get access to the books. More often we'd get the former employees looking for a new job. The pay rates and benefits packages were killing the company.
Moreover, a unionized company in the steel fabrication business couldn't respond as quickly to market conditions as dad could. Adding on a shift or going to 24 hour production cycles didn't require a week of negotiations, it required a memo. End of story.