Reminds me of This American Life's take on the NUMMI plant in Fremont, California. The story about the factory before the partnership with Toyota is just harrowing: drugs, booze, hookers and gambling, and that was the take from the union rep.http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/403/nummi
Come on, the union will stand by their guy and the company will send him on a vacation aka "suspended with pay pending...". I will not buy a GM car until Obama forces me to. I can not believe that companies receiving government funds can give all they want to the DNC but can not pay what they want to their own executives...oh wait I think I do understand and just don't like it.
The work in mind numbing, soul crushingly boring. Some people are so dumb, that they find putting a tire on 400 times a day, for years, interesting. But don't expect too much of them. If you are smarter, you day dream, or sleep walk. Many take prescription pills, or drink or do drugs.Fishing fleets, timber, mining, trucking, manufacturing, construction all are heavy use. The factories are located where the population is least educated, and desperate, and usually has a culture of drinking and drugs. You don't see many factories in Utah amongst the Mormons.It's been that way since dirt was invented. Don't get your panties bunched up.
Paul - pretty lame. There is no excuse for boozing or smoking dope at any job.
I've known construction workers fired for doing drugs on the job.Gone immediately, no appeals allowed.There were plenty more willing to do the job sober (even more now)Anyone using intoxicants on the job can't expect to keep the job.
Dan, print yourself a official attaboy.In the 80's I was in the 82nd, and later 7th Group. We could officially have two beers for lunch.Now the poor bastards are have brown nosing puke West Point Dweebs lik STANLY McCrystal( now fired, Assembly of God bigot ) who wouldn't let the troops have a Burger King, let alone ice, cold beer. I guess McCrystal anc crew didn't mind so much when they flew the Gulfstream to Paris for some drinking( Bud Light Lime for McCrystal). I've been on construction crews, roofing crews, fishing boats since the eairly 70's. All ran on booze and drugs. ( BYU just doesn't supply enough labor to go out in a 60 year old, dry stack wood trawler for five days in November, nor to scrape the snow and ice off wall top plates, joists or rafters on a frame job in December in New England.I'll give you a reason for drinking. Pain management. Not from injury, but because the work is so physically painful, like roofing. Like stripping a roof. What's the difference between being whipped and stripping a roof? The pains the same only getting a whipping doesn't burn any calories. This whole society is pathetic. Wimps. Mewing, touchyfeely, seat belt wearing, body mass index, designer jeans ripped to look like you actually do work work instead of Kinko's, living at home til 30, sound pipes on a 4 cylinder driving, metrosexuals, politically correct, low emissions green limp wrists.But hey, lets all be anti booze, pro prozac for little Johny, Zoloft, Ambian, Oxicodone, group hug, drum circle, holistic navel gazing narrsicists.Keep me the old days, and keep your brave new world.Lastly, how come those guys don't have coolers and go right to the park?
Paul, at least put the booze down when you're typing.
Meanwhile, Colbert is on that old saw that "there are just some jobs Americans won't do"http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Election-2010/Vox-News/2010/0924/Stephen-Colbert-on-Capitol-Hill-Did-he-help-migrant-workersAmericans will pick lettuce if we pay them a fair wage & stop subsidizing unemployment.Organized labor is so bizarre. On the one hand, they're defending clearly outrageous behavior by employees in Detroit. On the other hand, they're defending clearly outrageous behavior by employers in the Central Valley.Unions need to ease off their muscle in the auto-industry & go to bat for farm workers. I'll gladly pay $2 for a head of lettuce. Especially if it means $1,000 less in car payments & auto industry bailouts.
Paul - that is the funniest rant I have read in a good year or so, thanks for making my morning.As for the video, after looking at it a few times and thinking about it, I think parts of it may have been staged for effect OR those guys are the stupidest people walking the planet. A lot of that footage doesn't exactly look like it was taken with a hidden camera and you would think these guys would notice people filming around them.
damn Paul that the best rant (and in my opinion - accurate) that I have read in years. Of course you now owe me for the coffee coming out of my nose, and the collateral damage that ensued.work there is mind numbing. But hey at $30+/hour plus benefits what's the problem.I once worked at Hughes Aircraft. I was young, but a 4 year grad from an engineering college. Hughes got bought by GM that year, so I received the annual report. Average guy on the floor in Detroit turning a wrench was making more than I was.Why the Hell did I go to school?- Cassandra
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