The problem is, though...whenever I talk about labor unions I come away feeling like I need to take a shower when I'm finished. It's kind of like a dog picking-up something dead on the beach. It may bear some investigation, but you shouldn't forget to wash your hands (or paws) afterwards. The comments back from my post in a union forum were insightful and articulate, however. ...Oh, never mind; those were mine.
The gist of my concern was the union (after contract negotiations with the state which might have been better handled by trained cocker spaniel) was taking money from "fair share" state employees while there's no contract actually in effect. While it may seem like a technicality and not a big deal, it's just another example of the union behaving in a way which would make Lady Gaga (or is it Goo-goo?) seem a downright respectable lady. Let's face it, the union is all about the pursuit of money and power.
Since the matter seemed a little fishy, I asked around at the office, but never received a really satisfactory response from anyone on the matter. (A union steward friend of mine is looking into it.) Of course, the local labor organizers were quick to take my concerns (posted online) and attempt to turn them into a personal attack. A sure sign that your opposition has no legitimate argument to counter you is when a substantive concern is addressed solely by a personal attack. While that's not really anything new, it does remind me of insightful observations a friend of mine made concerning what the perceived anonymity of the internet has done to "debates" of this nature.
Bruce Smith of the local union wrote me back that I should "g