Discussion in 'ABF Freight System' started by hoffa, Apr 7, 2017.
Agree, canary. There may never be a better time than 2018.
Very true. One thing I've noticed over the last several years, is that there's no 'young' guys entering this industry. And quite honestly, I don't blame them one bit.
This is a poll? I just realized that this is supposed to be a poll! So...what is the question? How long what?
But let's be honest guys. You know that maybe at best 25% of workers would strike. And the number is probably lower than that. Hate to say it but way too many yellow bellies!!!!
Yep, one of the first things they say is, "I can't afford to go on strike", and another is, "What about my health insurance?". They'll get what they're willing to fight for and I agree, that is nothing.
Look how many were to lazy to fill out the ballet on the election. And people at our terminal are loading up on New toys like there is no tomorrow.They will take anything that is shoved down our throats.
That's sad. VERY very sad. Like Forrest Gump's mom said: "There's only so much money a person needs. The rest is just for showing off."
I don't think it was the Freight industry that didn't vote. We make up almost nothing of the 1.4 million people in the teamsters. We had about 80% voter turnout. Not a great stat but better than the Teamsters presidential election.
I remember the most outspoken men in favor of a strike in 94 were the first ones wanting to go back to work because they couldn't pay bills on strike. Even their wives were calling the local wanting the strike to end because of no income, no insurance & payments that could not be made. Several filed bankruptcy because of missing 3 weeks pay. A strike is not a vacation so you best be ready to get by for less than if you are drawing steady paychecks.
The companies knew how long the strike fund would last. Carey borrowed from the AFL-CIO to fund the last week strike fund.
I also recall the next round of negotiations (I think it was 1998) and sometime in late winter we were called to the hall for a strike authorization vote. With that '94 strike still fresh in our minds I was shocked when the results came out something like 90% authorization. I do not know what the sticking point(s) was (were) but were called in for a contract ratification vote shortly thereafter.
All the more reason to start putting money away. It continues to amaze me how financially careless some people are. We are OVER a year from this contracts expiration date...ample time to save up. I'm not sure if the health of the strike fund at this time, but I'm guessing (hoping!) that it's in a little better shape than it was back then? Does anybody have any info on this?
Same at my barn. Everybody buying new toys and houses. I'm wanting to get my wife an new vehicle but have made my mind that I won't until after this contract is signed
That is wise! We need to replace a vehicle as well, but can't justify it when the 25-year-old car I'm driving still gets me to work and back.
Yeah, but then her son pledged undying allegiance to an irredeemable . So let's hold off on GUMP wisdom. Lol
Grant me one more Gump-ism, if you will. This board is like a box of chocolates...you never know what you're gonna get.
They sure don't build '92 Buick LeSabres like that anymore........
We're in the mixed nuts section?
Tsk-tsk, canary. Nobody under 70 drives a Buick.
I had a 1977 Buick LeSabre with the odd firing 231 V-6 engine. Talk about a bastard engine, this was it. The same CID engine had in the same year 2 different firing orders of the spark plugs. I drove my Buick in to the ground. The motor leaked oil & the rings were so bad I actually put 90W gear oil in the crankcase hoping to slow the use of oil. It smoked so bad it would lay down a smoke screen like a WW II destroyer. It worked in the summer, but come that winter when it got cold, the starter could not turn the motor over due to the 90W gear oil. Stripped the wheels off & had the junk yard come get it. Loved the body style & the 4 doors, but the worst engine GM ever designed. von.
Yuguns and their cars
I had a 95 Park Avenue, one of the best cars I've owned, 26 MPG
Had a 72 Olds 98 Touring Sedan, about the same milage as a 9000 White with 250 Cummins.
Had a 70 jeep commando with the 231cu in Buick eng Von was referring to, had good luck and few problems
Still wish I had my 57 F I Chevy convertible, 283 cu in, 283 HP hi dollar in todays market.