I am in a strange situation. A little background, several years ago I went to work for Boeing in Wichita Kansas. It was a high paying job for a guy with no college and no special skills. It was the job to have for blue collar workers in that town. At the orientation a union rep put on a presentation. I signed up not because of anything he said, just the knowledge that no where else in that town could I draw those wages and benefits. It was a union shop and I would not free load.
Wichita is a right to work state. I never once needed the union while I worked there and I have no problem saying many of the strongest union guys were among the weakest workers. I moved North Carolina to take a position with a company and there was no union. The company refused to tell anyone what raises they could expect or even define what any positions pay scale was. Several employees went for around a year with no raise. They finally received 13 cents and that was over a year ago. Because I came from Wichita and had experience I was hired at a different rate than the locals. I also trained new employees and was promoted to lead fairly quickly.
I worked as a lead for several months with no pay increase although I did get a merit raise that was 39 cents. I did get a raise for being a lead eventually, I later transferred to QA which included a small raise. I now provide training for both inspectors and production employees. The union and the company have agreed to a contract which includes a bonus. The bonus will barley even cover a year of dues for me as they are based on a percentage my wages...wages I attained without the union. At a snapshot I will receive nothing as it appears I am at what is consider the max of wages.
This is a 12 year contract which will cost me several thousand dollars in dues...several. I will listen to the contract tomorrow and am going to join for at least one year. At the end of the year unless I see some sort of compensation to justify my dues I will part company with them telling them we are even. I am not a free loader but I sure as hell am not going to give away my money for nothing. I will play along if it is only a small loss but **** throwing thousands away for nothing~
It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it
Robert E. Lee~