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Hi so I elected to get a wrist surgery that put me into a different work field. I am a recess para for elementary. I’m enjoying it. I was subbing for a year and now have a great position at an awesome school. 


During orientation, actually after, a union guy presented and pushed everyone to become paying members. I like to know what I’m supporting, I’m against joining until I understand and form an educated opinion. 


I had a friend that was for it. And one that was against it. My instinct is telling me that it’s bad. My reason is that you don’t see unions at McDonald’s or front facing corporations. Which tells me that if a McDonald’s employee gets screwed by working and not getting paid for it (or something similar to that effect) then he would hire a lawyer and sue then for a gang of money. Where as in a union you got to get everybody to sign and agree then wait for a union to get you some portion of it. 


Why is is it that unions are always found wherever things are screwed up? They have no interest in permanently solving things because then they’d be irrelevant. So how is that a good thing? If I ever got screwed by my school (which I have no reason to think that where I am) wouldn’t it make sense to sue them like any other company. Aren’t there ambulance chasers that would see a commission in that? Wouldn’t that stop bad practices from happening in the future. To me it seems like unions let the practices continue while fixing only for the vocal few. You know what I mean?


Everyone in the room joined like it was there duty. No thinking involved. I was told that if I didn’t join I could be fired for not doing so if someone in my chain was prejudice against non paying union members. And I have a coworker who is super awesome, she just seems to have a vested interest in me joining. Which I’m hesitant to acquiesce. I just want her and I to stay good friends. 


Something positive Ive to say, the union got us some raises. The whole city is getting a similar increase. 


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