So you're a socialist, eh? Why doesn't everyone deserve a house, two cars, free medical care, 30 days of vacation every year, etc., etc.? Who is going to pay for all of these perks? We are. That is, those of us who actually work for a living, and honestly earn their pay. Good ol' Robin Hood thinking.
I have never had any problems working for any company I spent time with, with the exception of union companies. And I worked for the TWU, IBEW and Teamsters. I gladly accepted the offer of employment, worked hard at what I did, proved myself, learned and advanced. I didn't expect $16/hr. as a starting salary - I earned it. In union shops you don't earn it. Seniority rules - if you're an a**hole who shows up every once in awhile and maybe works a little bit between smoke breaks (you won't get fired - you have a union steward to fight for you with management), you're going to get that next promotion over the guy who got hired the day after you did, who shows up for work religiously, every day, does his job and then some, learns how to do more and wants to get ahead.
If you want that "living wage," earn it. Work your way up. Unemployed? Take whatever you can find, work hard...if the job doesn't pan out, look elsewhere. I don't know why everyone should be handed a job making a good wage when they haven't earned it. I believe in the rights of everyone to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. But I don't believe that everyone should be handed them on a silver platter. If you don't earn something, you don't appreciate it, you expect it.
And right now, that's what's happening to this country. Everyone is expecting a hand-out, everyone wants something for nothing, everyone wants to be bailed out of situations they got themselves into. Is that right?
Ah, I detect more than a hint of sarcasm in your post and maybe you feel that some union workers are *assh*l*s, or that it's the norm that people only show up for work once in a while because in union shops they don't earn it, they are entitled to it and expect it as a handout. Not so. Yet, that's okay. We are all entitled to our opinions, good or bad. Most of us believe that our own opinion is good and others' are bad, n'est pas? I'm done now. I don't like throwing sarcastic barbs I just like discussing the facts, but you've gone over and above and your emotions have taken over your posts. Thanks for the interesting discussion, but I'm moving on.