The OKC Streetcar – our high-dollar public transport system that ferries air and loneliness from one empty corner of downtown to the other – is in the news again, and this time it has nothing to do with pissing off Steve Lackmeyer!
Earlier this week, News 9 reported that OKC Streetcar drivers voted to form a worker’s union. Here are the basic details:
Operators of Oklahoma City’s streetcars have spoken, and majority say they want to start a union. Health and security concerns, even a lack of bathroom breaks are among the top concerns.
Mail-in ballots for voting were sent out in August and counted on September 22. The results, two out of three people voting say a union is necessary.
I’m a liberal dude, but I’m not a big fan of labor unions, or better yet, what labor unions in America have become. I think they served a great purpose in the 20th century, but just like corporations, government agencies, universities, religions and other large institutions, they’ve long been corrupted by money, power and politics, and seem more designed to enrich the people in charge as opposed to the people they’re actually supposed to benefit.
That worldview being said, I still think this is a good idea! Here are two reasons why: