Jeff Butts (koala@DRYN.KHARDUIN.NET)
Thu, 2 Apr 1998 18:35:42 -0700
I read a post earlier from a gentleman posting what he thought would be a
good idea to put into action regarding the new uniform for BSA.
Unfortunately, I deleted it before I finished reading it, but something
caught my eye...and as an American citizen now living in Canada, I thought
The gentleman said that he would like for all BSA uniforms to be "made in
USA by union labor." Well...that just doesn't sit quite right with this
Texan. See, I grew up in a "right to work" state, and I have strong
beliefs against unions...I've seen people move to Texas to find gainful
employment, because they didn't play the political game right with the
unions in their home states...so they couldn't get a job without moving to
a non-union state. Why specify, I must ask, that the labor be union
labor? If the uniforms are going to be made out of cotton, that's going
to raise the costs of the uniform considerably...because that will rule
out having the uniforms manufactured in Texas, one of the leading
cotton-producing states in the United States of America. There are very
few unions in Texas...those unions left are drying up fast as the people
come to realize that they can get much better treatment WITHOUT the
political hassle of a union.
Made in the United States...that I can see. Then it's supporting jobs IN
the United States. But requiring the labor be union labor? I think, in
these modern times, you'll find quite a few more non-union workers (and
states) in the USA than union workers (and states).
Just my 2 cents worth...
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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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