So, the Boeing Machinists' Union has voted (overwhelmingly) today to go on strike. This really bothers me for a few reasons; I understand that the concept of a labor union is to bring employers on par with employees at the negotiating table. But honestly, with the thousands upon thousands of people displaced on the Gulf Coast, I bet there's a ton of people in the US that would be very thankful to have an opportunity at a job and a stable life at this point.
Even before the hurricane struck, this strike looming drove me nuts; most machinists I've heard claim that they're unhappy with the pension plan upgrades that Boeing is offering. Give me a break! I'd be happy to have a pension plan, and so would a ton of other people I know. Everyone should be so lucky to get anything per month after retiring from their employer.
In my opinion, the Machinists' Union is a selfish bunch.