Starting a union

New / Manufacturing tTTj00
May 13 12 Comments

Does anyone have experience with unions? My job is in textile manufacturing, everyone is miserable, not being paid enough, and has problems with management playing favorites/not addressing concerns. At my last review they asked me not to share my pay raise (45 cents) to the rest of my coworkers as to not “make anyone jealous”. I think the highest raise that anyone not in a supervisor or managerial role got was 75 cents.
I would like to talk to someone already in a textile related union or who has experience with any in a manufacturing setting.

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  • Uber / Eng hotboi
    Fuck unions. Why are you working there if the conditions are so poor. I’ve quit numerous jobs because of the conditions and shit pay, and each time my next job was better and better until I got into eng. It’s your fault if you aren’t putting in effort to find a different job. Otherwise, why don’t you start your own company.
    May 13 5
    • Travelport / Eng buttnpushr
      "why have a way to collectively negotiate your wages lol I had the financial freedom, health and lack of obligations like a family to just job hop till I was getting paid better than you peasants"
      May 13
    • Uber / Eng hotboi
      People who unionize are typically folks who aren’t willing to develop marketable skills to differentiate themselves from the plethora of people competing for the same job, resulting in the low pay. Did you ever study economics?

      Having a family is no reason you can’t make a resume and apply for a new fucking job.
      May 13
    • Travelport / Eng buttnpushr
      You know the vast majority of industrial jobs do not require you to have unique circus tricks I mean differentiate yourself. Obviously just wanting to do an average, useful job and focusing on the rest of your life should mean you get to barely meet poverty line
      May 13
    • New / Manufacturing tTTj00
      OP
      I want to make the situation better for folks who work there after I leave. The job market for where I’m at does not have much for what I just graduated for, so I need to save up to move.
      May 13
    • New x++
      Not sure what you mean about "people who unionize"... It's not so much an individual decision as a collective one - A whole workplace unionizes, which means it's less about the type of person. It's a chance to slightly balance out the power dynamic at work between boss, who has all the power, and workers, who have very little in isolation, but a bit more in aggregate. Without that counterbalance the company often seeks to give as little as they can to staff and more to shareholders - been a steady trend in falling share of GDP going to wages vs profits since the 70s.
      Jun 21
    • New / Manufacturing tTTj00
      OP
      I was hoping this platform would be a place to find people to talk to about their personal experiences. I’m well aware of the internet.
      May 13
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    May 14 1
  • New / Eng DEV_ENV
    Is this in US? Didn't realize there's still any textile manufacturing done in US.
    May 13 1
    • New / Manufacturing tTTj00
      OP
      There’s quite a bit in the US. Lots of it is largely automated and/or smaller runs but it’s out there! Just not in the same forms as it once was.
      May 13