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If unions are so great, let’s organize the military

May 25, 2011

What are unions supposed to do?  Well, besides make some shady bastards rich – what are unions supposed to do?  They are for protecting the little guy against the evil, rich, greedy corporatism of capitalism.  If it weren’t for unions, we would all be making 50 cents an hour and OSHA wouldn’t exist.  We would never get a vacation, and overtime would be a dream that we would never see.  Our darker skinned fellow Americans would never find employment.  We owe unions a grand favor that we can never repay, but maybe we can start by allowing our brothers and sisters in the military to collectively bargain.

I mean, if unions are so incredibly awesome, why do we deny our youth the United Nations granted right of unionization?  They are our best and brightest, yet we deny them the privilege and honor of standing side by side with other government employees in demanding better pay and benefits.  I believe this travesty must be amended.

Where is Richard Trumka?  Where is Andy Stern?  Hell, where is Obama?  Do not our soldiers, sailors and airmen deserve the RIGHT to collectively bargain.  I mean, what’s the worst that could happen?

Cops and firefighters can unionize, why can’t our military.

Don’t we demand better pay for our military?  If they could collectively bargain they would get it.

Don’t we demand safer work environments for everyone?  If the military could demand them, they would get them.

Soldiers work overtime like you wouldn’t believe.  Shouldn’t they get paid for that?

How about their retirement?  It’s not much anymore.

And we all have heard the horror stories about veterans hospitals, shouldn’t we give them a cushy government health plan like our Congressman?

If our military could collectively bargain, all these issues would be non-issues.  If Andy Stern was on the job, we would have the happiest soldiers on the planet.  So what’s the deal?

I ask again, If unions are so great, why don’t we organize the military?  The answer is so absurd its obvious.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. May 26, 2011 2:50 pm

    FLEECE, they tried. I vaguely remembered this from those halcyon days of yore, so I looked it up. From Google Answers:

    The American Servicemen’s Union, founded by Andy Stapp in the 1960s,
    was a serious attempt to unionize the American military…although the main thrust of the American Servicemen’s Union was opposition to the war in Vietnam, the organization also addressed such
    issues as wages, pensions, and strikes.

    • May 26, 2011 2:53 pm

      Holy crap! I was half being facetious, that is just damn scary.

  2. May 26, 2011 7:19 pm

    I was going to say, SHHHHH! Don’t give them any ideas. Apparently, they already had it.

  3. May 27, 2011 9:57 am

    I will call this my “educational” moment for the day! I bet they forgot about this one. So much to destroy, so little time.


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