Sunday, October 25, 2009

Strike It Up


My husband's company is in contract negotiations right now and there are rumblings of a strike. The company wants to take a lot of things away from the workers because they say the economy has been so bad and business is down. Now that is true business is down, but they forget to say that they are STILL making a very nice profit. Borax is still needed world wide. There are only three mines in the entire world. So why should they ask they workers to take it in the back? It they were in the red or even just breaking even I might understand. But they are making a profit! This makes no sense to me. They want to take away retirement. Sick leave. Increase our medical contribution from 20% to 25%. We don't even know how much the company is actually spending on our policy since they have not disclosed this to the union even after it was requested. They want to take away seniority and many other things. My husband asked me to go with him to the union hall with him on Tuesday as a show of support. I am seriously tempted to dress as a suffragette. Of course the irony of that may be lost on people. It is a toss up between that and a 1950's housewife. I am into sarcasm as well *grin*


  1. Wow, they are expecting quite a lot of concessions from their workers. Hopefully, the union will be able to negotiate something satisfactory. I hope it works out!

    By the way, as much as I'd love to see the photos of you dressed as a suffragette, I think you're right: those people wouldn't have a clue what you were expressing.

  2. And the company is still making a profit-something just doesn't seem right about all of this!

    Very interesting-I didn't realize that there are only 3 borax mines in the world-now I'll have to learn more about this.

  3. Looks like they made 26 BILLION in profit in the first 6 months of this year. That is profit, baby pure profit. All of this has given me so much stress and such a headache :(