For some reason it started off as attacking me as an evil liberal because Michelle Obama is trying to get sugar soda out of schools. I remember when I was is school all we had was milk or juice, but I mean I guess people are running out of reasons for an intelligent conversation, so I guess it was grasping time. Well the delightful conversation lead to Labor and we all know how I lack the ability to back off that fight.
I am really starting to lose patience with the argument on ”Unions do good and also bad” from these so-called Pro-Labor Conservatives Union members. No one is denying the Labor Movement is not infallible. In human history, only one person has ever been perfect, so I can accept mistakes; they are their to learn from. What I cannot accept is this belief that because of a few bad apples, the whole bushel needs to be scrapped.
And yes, to no ones surprise my conservative friend had no answer for me when I told him “Until you are willing to give everything back that Unions have got you, I don’t want to hear how others have to give anything back.” Because of course he isn’t willing to give back the raises, see his benefit or pension contribution raised, take a pay cut, or get transferred halfway across the state on the whim of a deputy who might dislike you that week. However, everyone else can give back.
Then of course it shifts to the teachers unions. I mean it’s always the teachers union. I guess the Neimoller quote runs true with in Unions. Except in our version it is “First they came for the teachers (I’m sure they will stop there).” I’m not the easiest to persuade when it comes to Teachers, since I have many friends who teach and both my parents were teachers. But, I must ask when is it ever enough. Teachers have taken pay freezes, seen their benefits contribution increase, spent their own money on school supplies for their students and classroom. Spend hours outside school preparing lesson plans and grading papers. Yet, it’s never enough. It is always what can be taken next.
It might surprise you that teachers did not become teachers to be millionaires. They entered that profession to provide a service to future generations of Americans by hopefully providing our children with the most valuable lesson they can ever learn; how to think for themselves. God forbid those who teach our children this valuable lesson deserve the dignity of the a middle class existence.
I no longer think it is about the money, yes the money is a big part but when you look at the big picture it is the voice that unions provide. The millions upon millions spent to campaign against Unions it can’t just be about the money. Especially witha n entire industry raking in millions every year to bust unions.
It is about an ideology that has finally seen a oppurtunity to take back what many have fought for, and some even gave their lives for. I rarely see those who I work with who follow that ideology ever willing to give back what they have. It is always about what they want others to give up. That is why I honestly believe that Pro-Labor Conservatives only care what their unions can do for them and could care less about anyone elses protections in the workplace.