Milwaukee Garbage Workers Lose Jobs After Strike.
October 2, 2008 9:59am CST
Right before the biggest event in recent Milwaukee history, the garbage workers of "Waste Management" walked off the job, their union called a strike. The strikers hoped that the garbage in Milwaukee would build up to the point that the people of the city would pressure Waste Management to give in to the strikers demands. Waste Management brought in replacement workers, so the hopes of the strikers was never a threat to the health and well being of the people of Milwaukee. So, in the end, the union accepted, and the strikers agreed to pretty much the same contract that was offered shortly after the strike was called. Except now there is a problem.. well, a problem for 35 of the strikers, but not really a problem for anyone else. It seems that some of the replacement workers like working in Milwaukee more than what ever area they worked for Waste Management before. They want to stay and Waste Management has agreed to keep them on. Oops to the strikers. You played your hand and your bluff was called. Good luck in whatever job you end up in. Hopefully you'll be a little smarter in that one.
• United States
2 Oct 08
Strikes only work when the employees are not expendable. Professional athletes and Hollywood writers are difficult to replace with equals, so a strike can work for them. Garbage workers however, can be much more easily replaced so as an employer I would treat them as employees guilty of job abandonment and simply fire them once I'd found suitable replacements. Their union clearly didn't think this through. Just a note on the Hollywood writers, I'm not saying they couldn't find better writers, but in Hollywood, names matter more than talent.