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    Quote Originally Posted by flynryan15 View Post
    Delta Airlines, Alaska Airlines, United Airlines, American Airlines(for now) all offer several defined pension plans, and I'm sure you would consider our schedule part time because I average 15.5 days off in a normal month and in a vacation week run into a month off.

    um yea. because the airlines are a model for financial stability. saying "the airlines do it" is exactly why the nfl shouldnt fall for this scheme.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SCOTTY View Post
    Aren't these gaurenteed pensions bankrupting the Airlines, the car companies, state governments. Paying people a salary every year even after they retire. Never understood that one...
    It's not the sole reason, but it's a huge part of the problem. As life expectancy increases across the board, then the amount of money required to fund pensions for retired employees increases at a staggering rate. You can't simply push back the retirement age because the employee unions will revolt -- never mind that having an aged workforce presents its own problems -- and having to fund burgeoning pensions means that you need to cut costs elsewhere. Typically, the first place those costs are cut is from the pockets of the employees who aren't yet collecting benefits.

    Unions have their place, but there is a reason that the most heavily unionized industries in America are also the ones suffering the most during hard economic times. They simply can't compete on cost due to obligations that came about because management decided not to play hardball with an employee union twenty, thirty, or even fifty years ago.

    People love to **** on 'management' as the root of all problems, but the simple fact is that when GM collapsed in 2008, the average fixed cost per car produced was about $2,000.00 higher than it was for Toyota and Nissan, and if you bother to examine the cost breakdown, well, let's just say the UAW has been damn successful at the negotiating table.


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    Quote Originally Posted by flynryan15 View Post
    The problem is the new generation of management that is driven by their bonuses have a mentality to fight their employee groups and paint them as villains in the process
    That's exactly correct, and as succinct as I've seen it stated. The anti-union push has been not only emboldened by applauded in recent years. That encourages ownership to apply the squeeze and then tighten it again and again, even if their business specifics or bottom line don't remotely compare to elsewhere. We've already seen that laughably attempted in this thread. SAMs are still eager to blame government for a broken fingernail while ignoring exploding corporate arrogance and greed. I wish I could share some of the examples I've witnessed in Las Vegas.

    Heck, there's an example in suburban Miami. The Bacardi corporation purchased Calusa golf course in Kendall six or seven years ago. They attempted to turn it into a private course, and erect a huge wall blocking the view of adjacent homeowners. That plan failed as the economy slowed. Bacardi then ran Calusa into the ground. Intentionally. They operated the course out of a trailer and with a trailer, and later outhouses, as the sole bathrooms. The greens were destroyed, literally unplayable. The worst greenskeeper on the planet couldn't be that bad. Chemicals would produce massive barren spots. Then we'd hear they used the wrong chemical. Sure, that happens all the time from a specialist. It served exactly the purpose that Bacardi wanted it to serve, to run the regular golfers off the course. Parking lot all but vacant, day after day. Then Bacardi whined they couldn't make any money and closed the course in March 2011. Maybe they should sell their rum out of paper cups lined with mud and see how well they fare? That would be the equivalent. One minor problem for Bacardi, there's a 99 year covenant protecting that land as a golf course. It's not yet at the half way mark of the covenant. Bacardi knew all about that covenant. They didn't care in the slightest, about impact on the homeowners or anyone in the area who used the course for recreation. It's very familiar corporate tactics these days. I saw similar in Las Vegas from Billy Walters, purchasing golf course property then manipulating the Clark County Commission to get rid of restrictions on use of the land. In Calusa's case, with a huge winding property, it's estimated the land is worth $3 million as a golf course and $100 million if unrestricted. Bacardi closed the course in early 2011 and offered insulting $50,000 bribes to the 148 adjacent homeowners to sign a waiver on the covenant. They needed 75% signatures to free up the land. Not surprisingly, Bacardi was 100% self concerned. They offered the $50,000 to ONLY the first 75% who signed. Hilarious. Corporate greed at its finest. We'll wrangle the minimum we need then comfortably ignore everybody else. But along the line we'll claim the homeowners are our utmost concern. Sometimes you can't make this stuff up. Bottom line, the homeowners didn't cave. Expensive homes along that route. Not gullible suckers. Nice handicapping, Bacardi. Covenant was upheld, despite Bacardi's expensive hired gun lawyers. And it only gets better. Bacardi has given up on persuading the homeowners and is now SUING them. That's right, since you didn't bow down to our corporate desperation for that $100 million, cave in to our bribe, and swallow our talking points, we're now suing each and every one of you.

    Sorry for the post. It may not fit in this forum so I intentionally cramped it into on one paragraph. The fact that so many ignoramuses coddle corporations and look the other way regardless of what they do is the most disgusting aspect of society right now, IMO.

    Back to the refs, I'm not sure if it's irony or karma that the state that's been the focal point of the recent anti-union push had its cherished professional sports team screwed by scab labor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Awsi Dooger View Post
    That's exactly correct, and as succinct as I've seen it stated. The anti-union push has been not only emboldened by applauded in recent years. That encourages ownership to apply the squeeze and then tighten it again and again, even if their business specifics or bottom line don't remotely compare to elsewhere. We've already seen that laughably attempted in this thread. SAMs are still eager to blame government for a broken fingernail while ignoring exploding corporate arrogance and greed. I wish I could share some of the examples I've witnessed in Las Vegas.

    Heck, there's an example in suburban Miami. The Bacardi corporation purchased Calusa golf course in Kendall six or seven years ago. They attempted to turn it into a private course, and erect a huge wall blocking the view of adjacent homeowners. That plan failed as the economy slowed. Bacardi then ran Calusa into the ground. Intentionally. They operated the course out of a trailer and with a trailer, and later outhouses, as the sole bathrooms. The greens were destroyed, literally unplayable. The worst greenskeeper on the planet couldn't be that bad. Chemicals would produce massive barren spots. Then we'd hear they used the wrong chemical. Sure, that happens all the time from a specialist. It served exactly the purpose that Bacardi wanted it to serve, to run the regular golfers off the course. Parking lot all but vacant, day after day. Then Bacardi whined they couldn't make any money and closed the course in March 2011. Maybe they should sell their rum out of paper cups lined with mud and see how well they fare? That would be the equivalent. One minor problem for Bacardi, there's a 99 year covenant protecting that land as a golf course. It's not yet at the half way mark of the covenant. Bacardi knew all about that covenant. They didn't care in the slightest, about impact on the homeowners or anyone in the area who used the course for recreation. It's very familiar corporate tactics these days. I saw similar in Las Vegas from Billy Walters, purchasing golf course property then manipulating the Clark County Commission to get rid of restrictions on use of the land. In Calusa's case, with a huge winding property, it's estimated the land is worth $3 million as a golf course and $100 million if unrestricted. Bacardi closed the course in early 2011 and offered insulting $50,000 bribes to the 148 adjacent homeowners to sign a waiver on the covenant. They needed 75% signatures to free up the land. Not surprisingly, Bacardi was 100% self concerned. They offered the $50,000 to ONLY the first 75% who signed. Hilarious. Corporate greed at its finest. We'll wrangle the minimum we need then comfortably ignore everybody else. But along the line we'll claim the homeowners are our utmost concern. Sometimes you can't make this stuff up. Bottom line, the homeowners didn't cave. Expensive homes along that route. Not gullible suckers. Nice handicapping, Bacardi. Covenant was upheld, despite Bacardi's expensive hired gun lawyers. And it only gets better. Bacardi has given up on persuading the homeowners and is now SUING them. That's right, since you didn't bow down to our corporate desperation for that $100 million, cave in to our bribe, and swallow our talking points, we're now suing each and every one of you.

    Sorry for the post. It may not fit in this forum so I intentionally cramped it into on one paragraph. The fact that so many ignoramuses coddle corporations and look the other way regardless of what they do is the most disgusting aspect of society right now, IMO.

    Back to the refs, I'm not sure if it's irony or karma that the state that's been the focal point of the recent anti-union push had its cherished professional sports team screwed by scab labor.
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