|You Can’t Get Blood from a Turnip!|
|by James Reza||Thu, Jun 7, 2012, 08:32 AM|
When Henry, my cousin, graduated from TCU in 1957 with a Business Degree he was offered a job at Convair (now Lockheed). When Hank went for his interview I tagged along. Having just graduated from high school, I filled an application at Convair while Hank was interviewed. Shortly, Hank and I were hired at Convair to work on the B-58 project, Hank as a business analyst and I as an aircraft assembler. My job as an assembler, which paid a good wage required little to no skill. My job duties were to assemble wing parts with a riveting press. Truthfully, it was a repetitious and boring job. After a few weeks at Convair a union rep came and asked me if I wanted to join the UAW Machinist Union. I recall asking the union rep what advantages I’d have if I joined the union. He told me I’d have job security and I’d get wage increases every year. Well aware that Convair had layoffs often, I declined to join the union. I told the union rep that if the B-58 program would be axed by the Air Force, I, and other workers would lose our jobs and there was nothing the union could do for us to keep them. After two years the Air Force axed the B-58 contract and I along with thousands of union workers were laid off. Hank however, kept his job where he worked for over 40 years until he retired.
written by ElHombre , June 08, 2012
From Lockheed/Martin's own reports...
First quarter PROFITS in 2012:
In three months.
Seriously, James. If you're too lazy to bother to check the facts that you've obviously been handed, you just need to shut up.
written by Pope1944 , June 08, 2012
From the Star Telegram
"The union objects to the company's proposal to offer people employed after the contract date a defined contribution savings plan instead of the kind of pension union members are used to receiving. Lockheed would guarantee $350 each quarter to these employees' savings accounts. Current workers wouldn't have their pensions reduced; in fact, the multiplier would increase from $79 to $90 for each year of service.
The company's proposed contract includes these other incentives: 3 percent raises each of three years; a $3,000 contract ratification bonus per worker; and an annual $800 cost-of-living payment.
Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2...ylink=cpy"
I will be looking for a position with them right away. My company has not had a pay increase in 6 years.
Lockheed's profits are hardly mainstream. The last three years their earnings have been 6.7%, 6.3% and 5.7%. They have maintained a steady payout to the stockholders during that same time.
written by Charlie Alvarado , June 11, 2012
I'm retired. I guess you could say I'm "SEMI-RETIRED" because if someone needs me, or I want to make a few extra bucks, I just pick up my axe and go gig.
However, some in this country think that the right to make "ALL" the money you wish is Ok no matter who you trample along the way.
Our country is in trouble just because of politics and nobody wanting to help it survive.
In America you have many rights. On some issues you must exercise those rights as an American "OR" as a Christian.
Reza wanted to adopt Mexico's laws. Well, we may have already adopted the job market trend.
"In a poor country like ours, the alternative to low-paid jobs isn't well-paid ones; it's no jobs at all." -- Jesús Reyes-Heroles, Mexico's Ambassador to the USA
written by Gary Stan , June 18, 2012
Great testimony about an industrious person with a good work attitude, who needs a union? Surely not an industrious person.
written by Charlie Alvarado , June 19, 2012
You know Gary, you bring up a very important point.
In the late 1950s, there were two music unions in town. One was AFM local 23 and the other was a mostly black musicians union. I can't remember the number.
I had a lot of friends in the black community so I joined their union.
I was playing at this club with 5 musicians. Along came a black band with 7 dudes, (some were friends of mine) and offered to play for less money. They were hired and I was given a 2 weeks notice,
I complained to the union and they said they couldn't do anything about it.
You guessed it. I quit the union and told them; "WHO NEEDS A UNION, I HAVE SEVERAL CLUBS WAITING FOR ME TO BE FREE."
I guess there are other jobs that don't work the way the music business works.
"IF YOU'RE GOOD, YOU WORK."