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Reid is an Oklahoma City native - Sooner born and Sooner bred. He's an alumnus of Putnam City High School and the University of Oklahoma. He's spent over a quarter-century serving Oklahoma City media outlets. His diverse interests include everything from football to racing to aviation and meteorology. After hours, you can hear him on the Ham Radio bands, or catch him on his scooter evading the authorities (for about a block). E-mail Reid at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for listening!
In the times of the industrial age, it was not uncommon to hear of workers who had to endure 10 hour shifts, doing their jobs in unsafe conditions. Some of them were pre-teens who were expected to help support their families.
Many tradesmen either formed or joined existing unions to empower a bigger voice in order to demand better conditions, hours, and pay. It worked.
Today, unions exist in many sectors of industry from auto workers to plumbers and electricians - even the performing arts and some broadcast outlets.
Their value cannot be ignored. Unfortunately, neither can their tactics. The dispicable actions of a few have tarnished the good faith efforts of the many once again.
I realize that unions have made great gains for many over the past 100 years. But for the life of me, I cannot fathom the violence. I remember when one of my family members was working in Oklahoma before right to work. His union called a strike. All he wanted to do was go to work. As he tried to cross the picket line, he was yelled at, cursed, threatened. Others that tried to cross had their personal vehicles vandalized. This plant had other workers (non-management office staff) where other family members were employed. They nearly had the same treatment.
The "riot to work" (as it's being called) in Michigan is an example of the worst behavior I've seen in a long time. I spoke with Stuart Jolly of Americans For Prosperity. They erected a tent in Lansing Michigan that was up for about one hour, before being destroyed by goons protesting the passage of right to work laws in that state. The GOP also had a similar setup that last for about 15 minutes. One Fox News contributor was punched in the face four times.
Lansing has turned into Tahrir Square.
So I have an idea: Let's send them to China! Imagine what they would find in the workshops and factories of Beijing. They could go hog-wild protesting, marching, even throwing a few punches. Gee, I wonder how the Chinese government would respond?