Sunday, October 18, 2009

Driving Me Crazy

I can’t help but wonder today about where my life is headed. Every time I utter that I want to be a teacher, or a prof, I believe it a little bit less. As an English major, language is important to me, but somehow, whenever I try to put what I want into words, it just seems to dissolve. And the words that do come out, can’t possibly be true. I want to make a difference – this much I know, but I don’t know how, or where.

I also want my god damn license, so I can start thinking about applying for all those job I would supposedly need one for. But I can’t because of the steelworkers union strike.

There are 550 members across Ontario striking. I booked a test back in August, but they’ve been stroking ever since. I wondered what could possibly warrant their striking this long, so did a bit of reading, which is a little difficult, because when strikes so on too long, it tends to drop out of the sight of the media.

Apparently they want better job security. Many of them work more in the summer and often get laid off in the winter. I suppose this is an understandable concern, but I’m increasingly taking the frame of mind that unions take these things too far.

Yes, their job security sucks. Whose doesn’t these days? Meanwhile there are hundreds of thousands of people who are in limbo who can’t get jobs at all, let alone security, because of the 550 shit-heads whining about their own job security.

I’ve said it before, I’m sure, and I’ll say it again. “We have the right to strike” does not make a strong case for you. You should not have that right. I believe that people should absolutely be paid well for their work, and treated with respect, despite the fact that I myself have had several jobs where I had low and no pay, and little or no respect. I never got to join a union, and in one case I got stiffed for three solid months of labor. I don’t hold this against unions, but they’re taking it too far. Unions should be used to protect workers from abuse, but not to allow them to cause it.

3 comments:

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Shadowthorne said...

When I saw people on strike on the telly, I always wonder what went wrong with human nature.

When a part of the society made trouble, the problem will also affect the rest of the people. Millions upon millions of dollars are lost in one day of strike (the last strike I saw was in Paris - railway service).

Our Malaysian government never allow such thing to happen. We have our union, but as many would say 'street demonstration is not our way'. But unfortunately, some filthy politicians had introduced this vile activities to the masses.

They should be dragged into the streets and shot.

Malice Blackheart said...

Yes, Shadowthorne, we should just kill them all. Then they will definitely stop picketing.

I think people in this part of the world have forgotten all the real merits of a fascist dictatorship. I certainly can't think of a downside.