Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Problem of the Unions and Their Domination of Hawaii

As one of the first labor organizers of caregivers, I developed some rare insight into the present labor arguments -- and that is that the unions are almost wholly responsible for these injustices, and not management and business.

A writer points out the injustice of her teaching many classes and working hard, while her own mother does virtually nothing, at a high pay. That's not what any business wants -- but what union rules produce.

Many people will be surprised to know, the great inequalities produced in rewarding seniority over merit, is not at the insistence of business -- which would rightly want to reward merit.

Instead, this injustice is institutionalized so that the labor organization can exploit those at the lowest end of the hierarchy, who especially in Hawaii, will end up doing all the work, while ten others with greater seniority will do almost nothing for two to five times more.

So instead of paying all the workers for that job the same, each exploits every other according to their seniority -- so that the people most exploited, who will be the ones advocating for greater compensation and justice -- but that inequality and injustice, is the exploitation by their own "brotherhood," and not management or the public.

They would want fair and equitable treatment of all those doing the same work. The same work is actually harder work for those less experienced, so they would rightfully not get paid less, but justifiably more. And those who are more experienced, skilled and suited for that occupation, would reap greater benefits because that job is easier and enjoyable for them -- is the greatest benefit of that job -- all things being equal, why would they want to do anything else?

The problem with any occupation, is recruiting new people into that field to raise the gene pool of talent -- and not keeping those who can only do that job, and would not do another job at equal or even more pay -- because they would be ill-suited for doing so.

But many in Hawaii have observed work projects in Hawaii where nine workers are standing around supervising the one guy with least seniority doing all the work. That is caused by the union and not the preference of management -- or the taxpayers.

And then if all are compensated equally and fairly, those who want more beyond what everybody else is getting because of true collective bargaining, should obtain that in the free market, because their competence is proven in a fair market.


At January 12, 2010 9:09 AM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

I submitted this comment on the Star-Bulletin discussion of this article -- which was greatly censored and edited to make it difficult to understand -- so I guess the word is out, that the editors must suppress and edit me to ineffectiveness.

It is really sad to see what is happening in Hawaii and so many, if not all the thinking people remaining, have to consider leaving the Islands until the situation blows over.

Hawaii costs four times as much to live as most places in the United States mainland, not only because of taxes but because of the effect it has on driving up all other prices.

Another looming calamity of course, is the concentration of wealth, power, and resources into those of "seniority," driving everybody else into homelessness, joblessness, hopelessness and desperation.

At January 17, 2010 3:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wonderful ..................................................

At January 24, 2010 11:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was great just what we see here in Salem Oregon too. Amazing and how many of us see that all the time. What a crock that is. Thanks for pointing out the painfully obvious that we all have grown to frown and bare it.

At January 24, 2010 12:02 PM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

It's pretty much the same all over the country because it is the same union tactics being handed top-down, and with the Internet, these Disinformation specialists can work from anywhere and participate in the discussions using the same union talking points.

That's what is distinctive about the liberal/union/Democrat talking points -- they're all just the repetition of the same, while the diversity and independence of thought, is coming from the other side.

In the mass (media) age, the unions were very successful in gaining access and control to the union media, and some of the editors still think that their primary function, is to edit for their own political correctness, control and self-aggrandizement.

That's why the mainstream media got bypassed and overrun; they no longer could control the access and flow of information, like "their good old days," and an attack on any status quo, was an attack against all the status quo.

The Old Status Quo protected and defended one another -- and still do because is their response in their own fiefdoms.

But now people can also hear and read for the first time, views not controlled by the establishment status quo, doing all the thinking for everybody else. Once that momentum gets underway, it's impossible to stop.


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