How much do people make that drive themselves to work? Considering the intense skill it takes a driver to get them downtown on a bus, they should be rightly compensated over and above their salaries.
If I have a union job, with a union taking my dues and looking out for me, I would hope to make more than $18.05 an hour after TWENTY YEARS OF SERVICE!!!
I would hope to be looking at retirement. After 20 years, if I top out and have to work another decade at that pay rate? I have to start looking at who’s running the pension fund. After 20 years on the job performing vital and stellar service? I’d be a bit pissed at the union leaders “protecting my future”.
Didn’t we cover this in the NY transit thread?
No, you don’t “deserve” a raise. Raises are earned based on merit. You may be the bestest bus driver ever. But in a union you’re in “collective bargaining.” The top half of warkers are equal to the bottom half.
This is where so many people in unions get frustrated.
The top half are equal to the bottom half. look at it this way. If you are the top employee in your local, you’ve helped bring the worst employee up to your level. You may have earned a $1.00 an hour raise, but he only earned a $0.10 an hour raise.
Collective bargaining puts you both at a raise of $0.55. You agreed to it, deal with it.
And I saw today that 50% of the workers are still, um, working. That’s half the workforce (as you call it) shuttling the rest of the workforce to, you know, work. They don’t have time to stand around waving signs at pissed-off commuters heading to the office to pay for your salary. And the salaries of your union bosses.
Go to work. If you don’t like the pay, leave. Eventually, if you’re that good at your job, the PTB will realize how much they need you and pay you what you think you deserve.
Until them, shut the fuck and go to work. The rest of us do.