Friday, April 11, 2014

Uh, No.

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(image courtesy of Robb Allen)

#1 Blogdaughter sends this one in. Wait for it.

UPS fires 250 drivers in New York over walk out, report says
What can brown do for you? Well, for 250 unionized drivers in New York, it can fire you.
The shipping giant Monday fired these employees because they walked off the job in February in protest over the dismissal of a fellow Queens employee who worked for the company for 24 years, The Daily News reported.
Gee. If I walked off my job, there's a pretty good chance I'd get fired, too. I guess because they were magical union employees, they thought they were untouchable. That's not the worst part of this story, though. This is:
"UPS takes millions from the city and yet it’s going to bankrupt 250 families just because out guys stood up for a fellow worker," Tim Sylvester, the head of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 804, told the paper.
Right. UPS just *takes* millions from the city. It doesn't provide a service or anything, they just roll the brown trucks into the city, demand that the city fill them with cash, and leave. What kind of magic brownies do you have to ingest to make the leap from "provides a service in exchange for payment" to "takes millions from the city"?

I mean, to say nothing of the fact that these workers made the conscious decision to walk off the job. I suspect that "showing up" and "staying there" are pretty integral parts of one's job, especially in what is really an unskilled position. I interviewed with UPS in college. They were recruiting heavily from that labor pool - unskilled kids looking to make money over the summer.

But yeah, if you provide a service, that's "taking money." I'd really hate to think what this guy thinks of welfare, in that case.

That is all.

2 comments:

wolfwalker said...

"UPS just *takes* millions from the city. It doesn't provide a service or anything, they just roll the brown trucks into the city, demand that the city fill them with cash, and leave."

He was probably talking about the tax breaks that the company got to locate its facility there.

Murphy's Law said...

Two thumbs up to this post. I have zero sympathy for people with jobs that pay well above the skill and work required who just walk away from them because they think that there won't be a consequence, only to discover later that they were wrong.
But on the plus side, there's 250 openings for people who actually want to work, and there are a lot of those people out there these days.