After three days, I head couldn’t take it anymore. Even my manager who came to meet me for a two hours coaching session couldn’t believe it was going on for that long. All day we are hearing whistles. They are about 50 and they are louder than 10,000 ducks going down South. Our branch is located nearby a big hotel and apparently, the ducks are pissed. Every three years or so, they do it: they do down in the street and annoy as many people they can because they are not happy with their job.
In Quebec, about 40% of all jobs have a union organisation behind them. That mostly includes everybody working for the government, teachers, nurses, police officers, firefighters and several other jobs. While some groups are pretty quiet and we don’t hear much about them, some others like to make noise and shout loud and clear that they are not happy and that they will “break” the management in order to get what “they deserve”.
One of my MBA colleague once have half of his staff with a union and the other half not affiliated with any groups. This was the result of a fusion of two branches. Believe it or not, after a year, the employees decided to get rid of the union because they realized they were getting exactly the same benefits than the others but they were paying the union to “work for them”.
I am obviously annoyed to hear all those whistles since the beginning of the week but there is more behind it. I don’t understand the point of pissing off other people because you are not happy. I would seriously never empathize with who are doing such things. If you are really not that happy, just change job!
Honestly, I don’t really see the benefit of having unions anymore. I truly believe that the employment market has exploded enough and there is so much competition that employers now have the responsibility to treat their employees right if they want to keep their business running. Would unions really improve anything? As a worker I don’t want to be protected, I want to be recognized for my work and have the possibility of having promotions, getting bonuses and a nice work environment. I believe that if I work well, my protection will be assured by my value as a good employee instead of having a strong union behind me so I can relax when I feel like it.
I understand that unions were necessary a while ago since employers were treating their employees like dogs. But I think that this time is over.
So tell me, do you find any good point of having a union at work?
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