Modern unions are self-serving left-wing outposts, having grown into their own kind of tyranny. The union negotiates a raise so that the union member's dues can go up and pay more to the union. Often, the employee is worse off for the deal.
I haven't mentioned Neil for a long time. He goes to work, does his job, is a Bible-believing Christian and creationist, all-around good guy. Well, I'm still not going to mention him. This is about where his wife works.
Neil's wife works for a company that can be vaguely considered healthcare related. Their union is a B. Hussein Obama-kissing racket. Her place of employment negotiated a contract. Everyone gets a raise, but health insurance increases dramatically. Neil's wife and other long-term employees hated the proposal. But short-term employees loved it because (drum roll, please) they get more money.
Side point. I believe in two kinds of raises. One is a "thanks for being a reliable employee, this is a token of our appreciation, boy the taxes and cost of living sure are going up after the election, huh?" raise. The other is performance-based. Companies that want to attract and keep good people do this. Other companies think it is Optumal to find every possible excuse to deny even the smallest raise, and only reward the boss' pets or people who have sold their souls, denying family and friends for the sake of The Company.
The wife and I watch "Restaurant Impossible" on the Food Network. Chef Robert Irvine and his crew straighten things out for failing restaurants. In a recent episode (I think it was the "Whiskey Creek" steakhouse), he learned that the owners were relying on a night manager. He said something like, "You're trusting a thirteen-dollar-an-hour employee with a restaurant that you spent a million and a half dollars on?"
Cheapskates should learn that you get what you pay for, and if you want good help to remain good help, treat them right.
But I digress. I do that a lot, don't I?
Back to the subject. Mrs. Neil's company pays people for not doing much. Many of them are lazy slobs that just punch a clock. And they're getting fat raises. Long-term, hard-working employees get thrown a bone. They do not have incentive to work harder.
This is Obama's economy in action. The leftist union uses his "principles", and the idiots that voted for him because they figured he was going to give them free stuff and free money are the kinds of people that approved that laziness-rewarding contract. Honest, hard-working people get a rude gesture.
Wake me up from this American dream of selfishness and laziness.