There are few things that make me happier than seeing union workers fail in their efforts. While I do not like the idea of anyone losing a job, it is about time that a company showed these unions who is in charge. That leads me to this story ...
There is a plant in Metro East, Illinois owned by the Olin Corp. and it produces ammunition for firearms, along with some chemical compounds. In this economy, Olin has been trying to negotiate new contracts with its workers -- a contract that guaranteed seven years of job security in exchange for reductions in vacation time, an elimination of a matching company contribution to retirement plans and other incentives. The first time around, the union rejected the contract. So Olin tried again, explaining to the unions that if you don't agree to this, we can't afford to stay here. We will move our production elsewhere and all of you will be out of a job. The unions called BS on the company and rejected the contract again.
So what did Olin do? It announced that it was moving those 1,000 ammunition production jobs to Mississippi. They are all out of a job. Olin explains that Mississippi provides "significant incentives" to its company. Yeah ... how about the fact that it is a right to work state! Of course now employees at the plant say Olin is to blame for a situation that will result in their jobs' going to residents of a right-to-work, or nonunion, state.
Newsflash for these union employees: These jobs do not BELONG to you (the employees) or your precious union; they belong to your employer. You have absolutely nobody to blame but yourselves.