ORIGINAL: Jim D Burns
ORIGINAL: Slick Wilhelm
Unions are a good thing, per se.
Unions have been utterly corrupt almost since their inception in the US. A total lack of oversight at the top allows them to basically forcibly tax their membership and funnel those taxes (dues) anywhere the corrupt leadership sees fit to funnel it.
In the early days it was the mafia that leached on to the union funds, today itís the Democratic Party. Personally I think the politicians are far worse than the mafia ever was. At least there was some chance at accountability when it was criminals at the reigns, but now the foxes are guarding the henhouse. So what we have right now is simple bribery and theft. The unions bribe the politicians via political donations and the politicians then allow the unions to commit theft from the public coffers every chance they get by granting unreasonably absurd benefits every time they vote.
Any kind of investigation into how unions operate is swiftly shut down these days by their controlling political party. To them unions are a way of taxing people and forcing them into supporting their political careers whether they want to or not and there isnít a dam thing the union workers can do to stop them.
If a worker pitches a bitch about how his dues are being abused, heís tossed out of the union on his arse. So what we are left with is the situations we have today in America where politicians have granted the unions anything and everything they ever wanted for decades and now thereís no way to pay for the promises. But as long as the unions keep the cash flow spigot open, the politicians are willing to drive the country off a financial cliff at 100 miles an hour.
Iím not saying unions shouldnít have a right to support politicians, but if they do, then those same politicians should have to recuse themselves from voting on any legislation concerning regulating those same unions.
Union workers should also have guaranteed protections from unjust persecution from their union leadership if they try and reform the corruption within their own unions.
So, they can behave exactly in the same way as corrupt, abusive business? It's amazing how our world is assaulted by the forces of evil and corruption literally from all sides.
From what I've seen, unions of property valuers in Poland are very corrupt. They usually have a directorship that always wants to get the best contracts for themselves and uses unfair methods of competition. For example in my city, the local union of property valuers has corrupted the local authorities and membership in that union was mandatory for starting in auctions in it.
It was like this for over a decade until Jarosław's Kaczyński's PiS got to power and started their crusade against corruption.
My mother got barred from entering that union because she gave better offers in some auctions where the guys from directorship were also starting.
They justified it by saying that she's giving dumping prices despite that she had pretty high income from these commissions.
Another thing that they do is making opinions about property evaluations that are made for the person/company that paid for it. They write that an evaluation is wrong basing it on some completely subjective arguments and they get paid for it often more than ten times more than the cost of normal property evaluation. It's basically legalized corruption.
< Message edited by Perturabo -- 5/25/2011 12:56:45 AM >
Without social solidarity manifested in the form of welfare state, people inhabiting one territory are a non-nation of mortal enemies engaged in competition for survival.