Happy Lazy Day!
This day each year, I always work hard because I’m not a member of a cushy union.
When I was young and too foolish to know better, I taught full-time at a local college for five years.
I was in the tiny minority – perhaps the only one – on the teaching staff who refused to join their Mafia union.
Although I was young and foolish, I was not so foolish as to be a part of a group who thought authority should flow upward.
Were Unions Ever Useful?
If you find yourself saying, “The unions had a place at one time,” then you have no idea what a free market is all about. Or, perhaps, you willingly ignore the benefits of a free market due to a union job you or your spouse has or had at one time.
Six Union Rules to Live By
- It’s perfectly fine for a group of employees to form a union. If the employer wants to fire them all, that is fine too.
- If the union thinks it has authority to make demands on the business owner, the union is wrong. Any such demands should be ignored.
- Union suggestions can be encouraged or ignored.
- An employer should always ignore a union’s demands. If an employer wants to ignore a union’s suggestions, as long as the original employment contract is upheld between the employer and individual union members, that’s fine.
- Any violence from any union members or their agents should be responded to by the government with swift corporal or capital punishment depending on the severity of the violence. Before the corporal or capital punishment is administered, full financial restitution should be made to the business for lost time (see Rule #6).
- If the union strikes, that’s a violation of either a written or implied employer-employee contract. The striking members should not only be fired, they should also be brought before a judge to determine that union member’s required restitution to the business. The employee’s financial restitution should run from repaying the employer for all lost wages and costs associated for that wage (insurance, utilities pro-rated to that employee, general overhead costs associated with that employee, etc.) to up to five times the cost that employee cost the business, depending on the severity of the employee’s loss during that time.
What About the Lowly Employee?
All employees have rights. They have the right to receive a wage agreed to when hired. In addition, any employee has the right to quit at any time, as long as he abides by any and all termination clauses he and his employer may have agreed to originally.