Any Union is only as good as it's Membership, in fact they are the Union.. Unless you are involved, work for the goals, you are shooting yourself in the foot.. Don't like the game, walk away, don't accept all those silly benefits, pensions, decent wages.. As a Conservative, you have too many strikes against you in any group, i bet, unless you were willing to work with, for the Membership, you are just opposing everything they try to do, hardly a healthy situation for either side.. If you don't see the reality of tight City/County/State Budgets, and still have grand expectations of the CTA, you are dreaming, I have no hand in that game, but I can imagine it's a thankless, tough game they are trying to sort out... Myself, I had 45 years of good relations within Unions, the I.A. of M. way back, CWA, for the last 40, active from day one, some great people, families, all over the West, including Hawaii.. One run out to the Marshall Islands in '67 demonstrated what happens as soon as we left the Bargaining unit...Management tried screwing all the guys out of a dozen items, so we had to round up, create our own "union" out there, force them to straighten up.. Won it, many thousands came in from back pay, etc.. And they stopped the gaming because they knew they'd be busted.. As a steward, helping out the guys in all sorts of situations was standard procedure, solve it locally if possible, run it up as needed... I'll post a Thom Hartman link in a sec... Makes a lot of sense... weco
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