To get back to the original post, I understand both sides of the argument.
I worked with a guy who quit his construction job because he saw a guy fall and land on a shed. Before the ambulance arrived, the foreman walked up to where he was laying, tucked a pink slip in his shirt pocket, and told him he was fired for not following safety procedures. The guy I worked with had been complaining for two weeks that there was nothing to tie his harness into on half the site, and luckily for the injured man had made a written complaint to his union a few days before. Where safety is concerned, there is a place for unions.
On the other hand I once was a salaried engineer at a UAW plant. The union guys there pretty much spent the day playing games about which trades' work a job was and filing greivences, and billing the time spent arguing to your job. The few guys who wanted to work got burnt out pretty fast carrying the slackers. For cost estimates, I finally settled on a system where I would make a very generous estimate of what I thought it might take someone to do a job, then triple it. The only way I could get things done was to get a pair of guys from every possible trade and put them all on it. Need a stand for this piece of equipment? Should take a guy maybe a day? 3 guys for a day if you want it anytime soon. Get some millwrights and a welder, and let them all stand around and shoot the **** making fun of the guy doing it, and don't make it's legs out of pipe or you are buying fitters too. It was a wonder anything ever got done.
I saw this kind of crap on job sites all of the time when I was a Union Steelworker. Once when we were on strike at the picket line they gave us Wristrocket (sling shots) and 5 gallon buckets of ball-bearings to keep people from crossing the picket lines. I went home.
Unions | Big Labor is literally threatening businesses | The Daily CallerJust last week I wrote about how a local IBEW union boss sent an email to an Ohio business owner threatening to harm his non-unionized business if it expanded into the Cleveland area. The story picked up a lot of attention and also a lot of outrage and rightly so.
Rather than tempering themselves or pulling back on the thuggery, Big Labor in the Midwest has instead doubled down and escalated the intimidation and violence, with an apparent shooting of a Toledo suburbs business owner (who actually lives in Michigan) tied simply to the fact his company remains union-free.