You might want to read what this union supporter thought about workers, by the way.
I am remembering my grandmother who went to work in a cigar factory when she was 8 years old. Before she died she said to me & my mother that she didn’t need gold and diamonds because we were the jewels she wore.
I will also thank my unionized teachers, police, firefighters and municipal trash folks for the ridiculous property taxes I pay so that they can live better, and net more money and fatter retirement largesse, than I do for more-than-comparable work. Thanks!
“Still, unfunded liabilities increased as state government grew. In 1996, the contribution rate of SERS plans increased to nine percent for the first $30,000 and 11 percent on the rest of income. At the same time, state police officers began contributing 12 percent on their first $30,000 of salary, and 14 percent on the remaining income. This same year, the contributions rates for the MTRS increased for all Group 1 employees to its current 11 percent on all salary.”
from “Public Pensions in Massachusetts: The True Cost”, The Beacon Hill Institute.
They’re not optimistic about the growth assumptions made for the future, but 11% is not chickenfeed.
Your job sounds really crappy. Maybe you can negotiate some better compensation/working conditions with your employer. And if that’s too difficult for any one individual to accomplish, then maybe you and some of your co-workers can get together and bargain collectively or something.
I have, and I will. And if not, I will go find a better deal, on my and based on my merits, and a new employer (or set of customers) will choose to hire me and compensate me… voluntarily. There mill be no coercion, or threat thereof, on either end of the arrangement.
Not sure why you think this makes you such a special flower. Collective action is still voluntary.
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