Yyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16121 posts, RR: 57 Reply 1, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 939 times:
I have immense respect for so-called scabs. They are simply hard working individuals who are offering their labour for a fair salary. I prefer to call them "freedom workers". The true "scabs" are the lazy militant striking union members.
I have never been a "freedom worker". However, I did once cross a picket line when visiting a customer unrelated to the strike outside the bldg. A couple of verbal insults quickly addressed by my middle finger. That's all.
Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
WellHung From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 929 times:
Come on, scabs sounds so much cooler... "freedom worker"? sounds too much like a peta/greenpeace/aclu/hippie term...
But I agree, the striking workers are usually crying about benefits/salary they shouldn't be entitled to in the first place and wouldn't be if not for a union. Scabs are usually friendlier and do not have the same sense of entitlement as the union/striking workers.
Jcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 41 Reply 6, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 924 times:
I'm with YYZ, scabs are freedom workers, they are the true representatives of capitalism by working for market value. They are the people that know that if they are so unhappy with their conditions or compensation they can go take their skill elsewhere. Unions have ruined manufacturing in America, not only are our products inferior thanks to unions, but they are not worth the price (cars, for example).
777YYC From Canada, joined May 2000, 744 posts, RR: 7 Reply 9, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 894 times:
Being a proud Union member, who used to work in a non-union grocery store, I can say that I would never be a scab and never cross a picket line. Scabs undermine the bargaining position of hard-working union members fighting for fair wages, benefits and working conditions from profit-crazed, blood thirsty corporations. The difference between the non-union store I used to be in and the union one I'm in now is night and day.
Jcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 41 Reply 10, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 868 times:
Yet cars in Europe - where we're much more socialist - are much better.
Why are you bringing socialism into the equation? Unions in Europe are far different than unions in North America, the managerial units in Europe are already much more collectivist minded than the individualist managers in the United States and Canada.
What about my example above?
University lecturers are the lowest denominator of professions with Ph.D's. The reason why these people are stuck making $30k a year is because A) they are already rich, and don't need a serious job B) they can't do anything with their Ph.D. C--and most rarely) they like teaching.
Scabs undermine the bargaining position of hard-working union members fighting for fair wages, benefits and working conditions from profit-crazed, blood thirsty corporations.
Fair wages? $12.00CAD to bag groceries and stock shelves? Sorry, but its a very unskilled profession (I used to work at a grocery store as well). Its called fair market value, its a job anyone with two hands and an IQ of 60 can do. If Joe Blow is 43 years old and still needs to work at a grocery store, he really needs to reevaluate his life.
Profit-crazed corporations? If it wasn't for the corporation NEEDING to make a profit, you'd be out of a job.