The Onion’s Union

Byline: | Category: Culture | Posted at: Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Normally, a union threatens a strike to get its way, the thinking being that the deprivation of valued labor forces employers back to the bargaining table so that they can quickly get employees back to the job of making them money.

But how does that model work if you’re part of a union of the unemployed?  What, do you threaten to find a job?  And doesn’t that hurt the UOUP (Union Of Unemployed Persons) more than it hurts anyone else; after all, once you’re employed by someone else, presumably you’re no longer eligible for UOUP membership.

Seriously, can someone explain how this is supposed to work in terms that doesn’t make it sound like it’s a story from the Onion?

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2 Responses to “The Onion’s Union”

  1. Sean Braisted Says:

    Seems pretty straightforward: “Our objective is to pull together unemployed Americans in a way that allows them to connect, communicate and press their political leaders for policies that will get them back to work.”

    Unions have many tools other than strikes…in fact, there are many unions and associations that are legally barred from ever striking.

  2. Kevin Born Says:

    Its sad you wont post notes that don’t agree with you, typical of a neocon such as yourself.