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.
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.
Bill Belichick on "putting the tape on"