Lunchtime Poll

Lunchtime Poll: Happy Labor Day!

Many people apparently don’t realize that Labor Day is a celebration of the contributions of labor unions. So today’s question is, have you ever been a union member?

I was very briefly a member of the United Auto Workers, which was the union at the bookstore I used to work at. Yeah, I know that doesn’t make much sense.

By [E] Hillary

Hillary is a giant nerd and former Mathlete. She once read large swaths of "Why Evolution is True" and a geology book aloud to her infant daughter, in the hopes of a) instilling a love of science in her from a very young age and b) boring her to sleep. After escaping the wilds of Waco, Texas and spending the next decade in NYC, she currently lives in upstate New York, where she misses being able to get decent pizza and Chinese takeout delivered to her house. She lost on Jeopardy.

One reply on “Lunchtime Poll: Happy Labor Day!”

I’m a union member, and I’m very grateful to my union. Something went very wrong at work-things were short-staffed, there were other stressors, I was given insufficient information in order to correctly handle a situation, and someone got hurt. I was the Person-in-Charge at the site and, as a temporary employee, I was also the most disposable of all the actors. If it hadn’t been for my union, I would have been fired, because putting all the blame on me would have meant that they wouldn’t need to make any changes to prevent a similar situation from happening in the future.

(And I’m not saying that none of the blame should have fallen on me, but my actions were in accordance with the information I had been given, so some of the blame does rest on those who were more familiar with the situation and did not give me the information I needed to prevent the injury. I should have done better, but the permanent employees should have done better, too. There were multiple failures, but as far as I know, I was the only one facing discipline, which is what I have an objection to.)

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