So a friend of mine is a dyed in the wool union die hard and has been recently ranting and protesting against a small to mid size local business because they opted to use a non union backed company for some rather expensive renovations. Note that is not a government, educational or otherwise tax payer funded business.
Forgetting for the moment, that IMO the decision of “who you should hire” should be left up to the business owner regardless… after some discussion with my friend he told me that the union backed company bid was almost a full 50% more costly than the non union bid (we are talking about almost 100k more)! :smack:
Now I do not own a business nor am I a union worker and I do not want to debate quality of workmanship because that - again - should be up to the business owner - but how in the world does a union or union worker justify this?
They are essentially protesting the business owner electing to NOT give the union company a 50% premium on work.
I tried to make my case to my friend using the analogy of a car repair. We have all gone to a dealer and been told that a repair was exponentially higher than we could get from a local joe’s mechanic.
We have all been told that the dealer uses better parts, has a better warranty, has more experienced mechanics, etc.
Yet we are allowed to make that choice… why is a business not given that same choice?
Heck IMO if the union was CHEAPER, the business still has the RIGHT to still choose a non union company if they want.
This kind of mentality is why people are tired of - some - unions. This is not the 1930s…
What say you all?