Free Markets, Free People
Employees at Los Angeles International Airport were considering plans Friday to walk off the job ahead on what is traditionally the busiest traveling day of the year.
A coalition of Southland labor and community leaders are calling for the protest of alleged violations by LAX contractor Aviation Safeguards (AVSG) after breaking their contract with the airport earlier this year.
Andrew Gross-Gaitan, the director of the Southern California Airports Division of SEIU, told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO that AVSG left more than 400 LAX workers without affordable family health care when it failed to comply with the city’s Living Wage Ordinance.
I’ve honestly never understood the mentality that says “if I can make your planned day as miserable as possible, maybe you’ll look upon my cause favorably”. Some Wal-Mart employees are considering the same sort of action and, I assume, think that those they inconvenience will then support them? Really?
Oh, and the bottom line here, which you’re likely not going to see included in many stories? The employees of AVSG voted to de-certify the SEIU. That’s right. This isn’t really about “living wages” or “affordable family health care”. This is another union, just like in the case of Hostess, throwing a collective tantrum because a company decided it didn’t want to play their silly and explensive games any more. It is another in a long line of examples of how unions have outlived their usefullness.
Company officials said their employees voted in December to reject or decertify their collective bargaining agreement with the SEIU before its expiration date. Since then, hourly wages have improved for the vast majority of employees, they said, and workers can choose the type of healthcare plan they want.
Goodness, higher wages (so much for the non compliance with the “living wage ordinance) and a choice of health care without having to pay union dues? Sounds like a win-win to me.
But the SEIU can’t imagine anyone rejecting them and they’re perfectly fine with trashing the holiday plans of others to throw their tantrum. Brilliant.