Re: Questioning of the UAW voting procedures. Just because something has been done for 30-plus years does not make it right or wrong.
We as Americans, like the Michael J. Fox TV character stated, have a "right and duty" to question. Whether the UAW procedure is right or wrong is not as important as making sure that, if there is an issue, it should be brought to light.
Until the Internet, TV shows, and other forms of communications, the challenger of the norm was not heard or listened to because, somewhere in the back of my mind, I have heard, "We can not publish that because of politics or the ‘organization’ will not like it or allow it."
Challengers sometimes are not given the voice to be heard. Whether or not you agree, disagree, or are neutral in this matter. Outside of the old way, marching, I think that is why so many have taken to the Internet or to the TV talk shows to voice something. For reasons stated above, letters may or may not be printed. Challengers of the norm have more control over what is or is not published for others to see, read, or hear.
I have been on both sides –- union and management -- with in the same company, Standard Products, before it closed in 1994 or so.
They are -- like other associations, clubs, businesses, churches, unions and management -- organization-driven.
Even political parties and charities such as United Way or the American Red Cross or any group with "members, groups, or change of command" may take on that organizational “look.”
It may or may not be time for change. At least, the debate has been jump started. Fairness, honesty, and working in or from the middle is a lot more work than one-sidedness.
I miss my job at Standard Products, my family there, the living wage, and yes, even the challenges. I wish all of Delphi, union and management, well.
Remember, you cannot pay all the money to the top, middle, or bottom. Fairness makes everyone able to purchase without a future threat of bankruptcy -- for the company as a whole or for its individuals.