No Profitable Unionized Companies??
I wanted to return to theological posts, today. Although outraged by so much around the world, I wanted a break. I wanted to talk about other things. After all, my interests vary widely and I haven’t written on science fiction, detective fiction, family (my eldest daughter graduated from Middle School today!), friends, theology, biblical hermeneutics, moral theory, etc.
But then I made the mistake of checking the internet and finding out that idiots on “Morning Joe” (the conservative morning show on the otherwise liberal MSNBC), including Adam Sorkin of the New York Times made the ABSURD claim today that there are no profitable unionized companies. I am freakin’ FED UP with the constant attacks on organized labor in this country. When the U.S. had its largest middle class, we had a workforce that was 33% unionized. Now that our middle class is evaporating (and was even before the recession), we have only 12% unionized workforce. Even in the midst of the current crisis, unionized companies are saving more jobs and companies than otherwise.
And for the ignorant, here’s a BRIEF list of “profitable unionized companies” in the U.S.–just in case you ever get asked to pontificate on “Morning Joe.” (No wonder Joe Scarborough couldn’t cut it as a Congresscritter from FL–inconvenient facts kept getting in his peabrain way!):
United Parcel Service, global leader in small package shipping. The pilots are members of the Independent Pilots ‘ Association and most of the rest of the workers are members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. (Full disclosure: I am a Teamster and have worked part-time for UPS for 8 years–with fulltime union benefits.)
Kroger grocery stores are unionized and have remained profitable during the recession. (You’d think Joe Scarborough would remember this one, since Kroger is headquartered in FL.)
Southwest Airlines, the pilots are members of SWAPA (Southwest Airlines Pilots Association).
All six (6) major Hollywood studios.
A T & T and Verizon
Costco stores is unionized in some divisions, but not in others.
At least the following railroads: CSX, BNSF, and Norfolk.
Caterpillar (many union disputes, but the earth machinery company still has unions even though it wishes otherwise–and it remains profitable).
General Electric (which owns NBC and MSNBC which pays Scarborough ridiculous amounts of money so he can badmouth the union workers which are paid much less to put his idiotic voice on the air!)
The National Football League, the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League.
Boeing (profitable despite being undermined by John McCain!)
Disney (still profitable in 2008)
Harley-Davidson (which went bankrupt and was going to go out of business until the union, United Steelworkers, took over and now run the company profitably; the United Autoworkers are talking with United Steelworkers so that they can learn how to apply those lessons to Chrysler, in which they will now have a majority stake)
News Corp (Yes, Rupert Murdoch’s mega-corporation which includes the rightwing noise machines, Fox News, The New York Post, Wall Street Journal, etc. is highly unionized.)
Exxon is unionized in its refinery operations
This partial list should help dispel the notion that organized labor is, by itself, a cause of any firm’s unprofitability.
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