It’s only been a week since the International Union of Operating Engineers and the Laborers walked out on strike, halting major construction projects in Chicago, but already opinion is turning against the unions (from the inside):
“I happened to be married to a union carpenter and when I heard the carpenters were considering joining this ridiculous strike I got very worried,” wrote reader “Smith.”
“Well, let me tell you something as a union laborer: Operaters are overpaid and half of the operators can’t safely operate the machines they are sent out to run. I fully support … wanting to let other trades run equipment,” wrote “Larry.”
“HUSBAND WORKS A DUMP TRUCK AND NOW FORCED OFF DUE TO THIS STRIKE. THEY SHOULD BE THANKFUL THEY HAVE A JOB AND ARE MAKING 3 TO 4 TIMES THE MINIMUM WAGE,” wrote “DN.”
“As someone who is married to a tradesman, this strike sickens me. Most of those guys WANT to work – the union hasn’t been putting their members’ best interests first,” said “Jolly.”
“I’m a union employee and would go for a cut in pay to work more. I’m trying to protect my family with the benefits I have to work so many hours to be eligible for. This strike makes me very upset,” wrote poster “Richard.”
This is after only after one week.
We can hardly wait to see what’s written after week two.