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Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Cumberland County 5A
Re: Olin leaving Illinois
Yep, there are extremes of all sorts to be considered. At one time unions were a great thing, because they got better pay and better working conditions for many Americans.
Then over time, as unions gained strength, numbers and large bankrolls, some union leaders began to think of themselves just like the industrial barons did: What's in this for me?
I once belonged to a union, don't miss it. Other than collecting dues and making noises, it did essentially nothing else, other than squander my dues money on Democrat political campaigns.
Olin isn't the first firearms/ammo manufacturer to leave for better economic climates. Trying to make a profit while dealing with unions, old plants and state regs, has driven most of the firearms industry from the northern parts of our nation.
Back in the late 60s, got into some haggles with several relatives that were truck drivers and Teamsters members, because I (along with the Justice Dept.) questioned the fitness of Jimmy Hoffa to lead their union.
Almost to a man, their attitude was that they didn't care how much money he made, how corrupt he was, or anything else about what he did, as long as they got their free eye care, medical benefits and good paychecks.
They also seemed to enjoy Hoffa's ability to influence politicians and make trucking companies toe the line. That last attitude cost four of them their jobs, when their employer wanted wage/benefit package concessions after deregulation came in. Teamsters officials approved a vote for making the concessions, but their local voted against making any concessions.
The company owner closed the doors, sold everything and retired.
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