No free lunch

Here is a five-minute look at unions, both private and public. Private unions are imploding while public ones, funded by cash strong-armed from taxpayers, are doing just fine, thank you.

And, as usual, unions and their associated corruption are supported by the Democrat/Socialist Party in the United States.

I bring this to you as a public service. A tip of the sombrero to the brilliant Dr. Thomas Sowell.

My closest encounter with unionism was at the San Juan Star where not only was the composing room unionized, which was the case at the New Orleans paper when I worked there, but the newsroom was unionized too. But during the nearly two years I toiled in San Juan, no one ever approached me about joining. Dunno why.

So I got union pay without paying union dues.

The union at the San Juan Star was run by the local communist party. My stay in Puerto Rico was broken into two parts, and the reason was labor strikes.

After the first strike, which left me unemployed, I took a roundabout route back to the United States, meandering through Haiti and Mexico by plane and train. The strike was fairly brief, so I returned to San Juan. Months later, the union struck again, and I left forever.

The labor union eventually drove the paper out of business, years later. I really liked Puerto Rico and would have settled there except for the union and the communist party.

I’m not fond of unions or communists.