Originally Posted by ridethecliche
Shouldn't a company not completely abuse it's workforce? Shouldn't there be a better alternative?
The labor movement was born out of gross negligence, unsafe conditions, and abuse. It served a good purpose and just like any system there are things that I disagree with completely. That plant sounds like the management totally let it go.
For every one bullshit school teacher that's given up and can't be fired because of a union, there are a 100 busting their ass to make sure their underfunded school system can stay afloat.
The logical business perspective is a bottom line. Workers health and injuries on the job only work to lower said bottom line.
I said from a business perspective - should've clarified.
My point would be that unions, more often than not, stifle innovation. If you have a menial job and a robot can replace it, then it spurs you on to find a new, non-commodity skill set, or at least to encourage your kids to do so.
Teachers busting their asses never made sense to me. Most of mine were shit and likely graded papers while watching (insert crime show). In my time in the k-12 education system, I liked maybe 3 of my teachers - Ms. Cook in 3rd grade, Ms. Marshall in 5th grade, and Mr. Schmidt in 10th grade.
Once you have a syllabus established, it's not like Algebra is going to change. 3 months of paid vacation is a nice bonus.
If you want to take a job flipping burgers, fine so be it. I did it through high school so I could pay for my PoS $800 car and playing hockey. McDonalds was a dick to me, but I didn't complain because it paid the bills.
The most innovative places don't have a unionized work force. It made some sense when people were in Upton Sinclair conditions, which we grew out of.
Originally Posted by Texasmade
Well GF didn't really say net or gross margin now that I reread his last post but I was assuming he meant gross margin.