Tuesday, October 5, 2010
If you look at the SEIU web page there is a section called "How a Union Can Help". The first item states: "# 1 - Working together, union members have the strength to win better wages, affordable health care, a secure retirement, and safer workplaces." The SEIU supports the passing of California's proposition that legalizes the use marijuana in California.
Where does legalized pot fit into this "help" statement? I'm sure that it will not fit under the section of better wages (well maybe for the Mexican drug cartels). I'm sure your health insurance rates will be higher if you are a pot smoker so no help with the affordability of health care. I don't see it helping you to a secure retirement, I actually am of the view that it might even prevent retirement. Last but not least, they state that Unions support a safer workplace. That is the point were I would like to further investigate.
The SEIU's membership is in three sectors: They are: Healthcare (doctors, LPN's homecare workers,etc), property services (maintenance workers, janitors, security officers), and public services (local and state government workers,public school employees, bus drivers and child care providers).
Let's say you have a bit of a cough and head off the the doctors office. The first person you run into is an LPN that wants to give you an injection, did she just roll a doobie on break? How about going to work and you are doing your best to make things Plumb and Square and you step up to the table saw do you wonder if your helper has just had a blunt? Late at night you believe your building is being protected by a quality union security company how do you know that they are not sitting in their car having a little "party"? Do you send your child off to a day care or school with a loaded teacher? The implications are endless.
The support of this proposal by this union makes no since at all to me. A union is designed to help its employees stay safe. This act will only hurt employees and customers. The answer is only money. If you are an SEIU employee you have just been sold out for the all mighty dollar.
Will it grow their union? I suppose it will, because it will now take two employees to do the job of one before. I just think if you are a Californian and want to help add money to your tax coffers there are better ways (how about getting rid of sanctuary cities or stop spending money?).