MIJeff posted at 11:54:21 PM on May 09, 2014:
Then what are you suggesting? the Blade should buy all new printing equipment?
I know nothing about that industry and have no idea if that is a viable idea or not.
I am suggesting what is already taking place, from Nolan's post: "Management has agreed to continue discussions with the Joint Council to negotiate the terms of the proposal, and its impact on the represented employees."
Sounds good to me. Obviously, this may or may not lead to a favorable outcome for the employees. But, as I said before, the only thing being a union guarantees you (contrary to popular opinion) is the right to negotiate. In the end, BCI has the ultimate authority to decide what happens within their company and operation. Supposing they negotiate fairly, I doubt you'll hear much more from the union. Apart from honest and fair bargaining, what more could an employee ask for? This should only escalate if they decide to pull some shenanigans; which, knowing the Blocks, they may very well do. I will say that, people who somehow see "negotiate the terms of the proposal, and its impact on the represented employees" as hard-line, business-killing gestapo tactics, perhaps need to re-evaluate their priorities. Or, read a damned history book. But, that's just me, I guess.
Anyone who thinks that the presence of a union means the company cannot EVER close a shop or cease operations has obviously never heard of the GM plant in Moraine:
So, I don't think you need to worry too much about the Blade. I have a feeling that if they really feel the need to cut some costs, they'll get their wish, sooner or later, and the Block family will continue to make moolah and provide all of the fantastic services that everyone on this board seems to love so much. SERIOUSLY: Don't worry, guys...those evil unions will never succeed in toppling that Block family that you all adore.
The only reason this turned into a protracted discussion on unions is that justread said:
Employees often forget that they are employed as a necessary part of a solution to deliver a company's product or mission. Providing employment for workers is not the company's product or mission, but a byproduct. Oddly, it is most often union workers who lose that perspective and mistake providing employment for the primary mission.
...And I called bullshit on that. True to his form, he commenced to dance around his own creation rather than answer to it, hence the drawn-out discussion that enraged jimavolt so much. But what the hell, that's what makes debating justread such an adventure.