As I enjoy this Labour Day weekend I find my self reflecting on why I've become so strongly pro union.
Yes there are many reasons you've all heard about why unions are vital. Better wages, pensions, legal representation etc, etc.
But there is one incident that I can look to as the point in my life that this importance hit home and hard. I had held many jobs by this time both unionized and not and truth be told I was indifferent to whether or not I was unionized.
I told myself I'm able to take care of myself, even in those times when I got royally screwed over, but my epiphany had little to do with me. It has to do with a coworker who had put in four decades of loyal service.
Our employer was a tough but fair boss, however, everything changed when the son took over the business, a mean entitled brat. One of his first acts was to fire this gentleman who had worked for his grandfather who had started the business.
Me being the vocal one, often to my detriment, couldn't help but tell the boss that this was one of the lowest things I've ever seen. His reply?
"People are like tools and when a tool wears out you throw it away and buy a new one"
It is because I know there are many more employers like this out there and there will always be that I see unions as vital to the well being of workers.