So I got a letter from my Union today (The illustrious United Food & Commercial Workers). I owe them 91 dollars, and if I don't pay it I will lose my job (they underlined that for me). The letter consists of probably thirty complete lines, and within those there are three typographical errors, one of them being a pathetic slaughter of my last name. Not that they care; they have my Social Security number, which is enough to get me fired.
And while I'm paying this, they are doing what? Well, for one thing just watching my holiday pay go from double time to time and a half. By my calculations, this has to have cost the employees at my work a sum total in the thousands of dollars for the fourth of July alone. Given that unemployment in Helena is at 1.9%, there is no way we should be accepting essentially a pay cut when all of us belong to a union. But apparently this particular union has better things to do that look out for the interests of its members in Helena. All the more reason to act local.