U Can’t Touch This

[yoo kant tuhch th is]: The music is based on “Super Freak” by Rick James. That song was a hit in 1981, so many younger listeners did not know the beat was sampled. In a strange irony, Hammer got a huge boost from MTV, who put the video in heavy rotation. In 1981, however, they refused to play “Super Freak,” as they didn’t play videos by black artists with any regularity. Maybe if Rick James wore parachute pants and pulled off the “Chinese Typewriter” dance move, he would have gotten some respect from the network.

 

The House That God Has Forgotten Part 19: Help! You Have Taken My Co-Workers Hostage!

So… I know it has been awhile since you have heard from me. A few ideas have been floating around in my head, but it has been hard to find inspriation to write them. Yesterday it hit me like a brick from the sky that landed on my head.

I decided to leave the union.

Is it a crazy decision? I got a mail from SEKO telling me that they would send a form in the mail and they warned me that if I do quit, I will lose my insurance. An insurance that I pretty much pay for anyway and do not need. I did decide for like 134 kr a month to stay in A-kassa so I think the whole thing really is a bunch of dribble. So honestly the insurance does not scare me that much as they think it would like me to.

So what are the positives me and my non union colleagues discussed today? There were many and I am going to bring them up here to explain why so many of my coworkers in the past year have decided to jump the ship and move to the independent world of striking it out on their own in the jungle of federal employment.

The Money.

It costs a lot to be in a union. Tons actually when you look at how little we get paid. In the end we save over 4000kr a year to hop off and just roll the dice.

A lot of the money we do pay goes to keychains, water bottles, free salads and other things that I personally can do without if I save that much money. I could buy all of those things for myself and not have to have a SEKO logo on them. I could actually have anything, or not anything on them if I wanted to.

I don’t need a water bottle. I have my plastic bottle from a water I bought months ago at the grocery store that I fill up with water.

There are tag holders I can get from the guy that works in the storage.

There are candies (I like) I can buy at the groceries.

I have a Burton backpack so no I do not need yours.

AND there are 20000 free pens running around at work, So even though your pens are nicer, I can buy my own that are better.

I am already saving more than 4000kr a month.

Where does the rest of all of this money go? I know that there are a lot of nice courses that the leadership of the unions go to. Because half of the board if not more work with me and are never there. Getting put up for the night to learn about who knows what that is never used at my place of work seems like a waste of money.

We already pay the price when we stare down the barrel of a gun and do not have enough people to work that day because someone is always off going to a course in something like “ideology” that has little or nothing to do with what is happening around us.

Plus when they are there to work. They are not working, they are doing union things. Which pisses everyone off.

The politics.

SEKO is a strong supporter of the Social Democrats. A party I personally  have never voted for, nor will I ever.

The pay raise.

I already get the lowest pay raise of everyone I work with for two years in a row. I have never gotten more than 700kr a month ever. I have absolutely nothing to lose. Especially when I see non union members getting 900kr a month.

Do they stand up for us?

I have had my fights with the department more than one time, but I still get a bitter taste in my mouth at how many times I have been discriminated because of having a mental illness and it has never gotten taken further than a local level.

When your boss starts asking you about your medicines, or sends you to Previa to find out if you are “stable enough to work in security” give me a call.

I can say more than once my psychiatrist  has laughed because they make him have a telephone conversation about my mental capacity.

“What kind of place do you work for? You need to start thinking about working for people that do not discriminate against you, you are perfectly normal if not more normal than everyone else that does not take medication. You have control over your moods,”

And yes… if you want to know. I do not take narcotics. I take the run of the mill mood stabilisers that would have little or no effect on you except make you tired and have a reverse effect on you.

So this never got take up the chain. The chain where I lost my chances for going to schools, getting paid and for being seen as an equal and not just the employee that has a mental illness.

I too can get stressed out understand certain circumstances exactly like anyone else. I have never missed a day because of it. I asked for change for my own good, because I know what is best for me (so if you are wondering why I did leave and move to BC, you now have your answer).

Yes… they have given me support during meetings, but now things are good and I doubt they will change to bad. So this is the way to go now that I have my shit worked out.

HOWEVER… in general it feels like the union does little or nothing to make changes in our world on a day to day basis. We have many problems that seem to be something that they immediately take the employees side on.

An example… when everyone I work with was very against working at the reception we got the response “I represent the union not my co workers here” Well… if a who group is against something, your members are against something, do you not represent your members as a union?

As I continue to encourage you to bang your fists on the tables and demand better leadership, isn’t this something the unions should have been doing long before I did. I did my part, and people listened. How hard is it really.

How I would feel if they tried.

Look I am not expecting maricles and having everything fix where I work at, but at least I would like them to tell me that they are trying, or they did try. Send that information to me into an email instead of that shit I never read that you bomb me with.

Change who is on the board.

Having the same people on the board all the time is boring and totally pointless. Don’t make the elections at the absolute worst times. Try doing it over our lunches so we can actually vote. Three elections and then count the votes. Not just 7 people in a room voting for each other.

And yes I know what you are thinking…

If you want a change why weren’t you there. I pay SEKO plenty of money and do not have the time or the drive to run around with all the projects, I have a 7 year old that goes to school all over town. I work shorter shifts and I have a right not to. But there are plenty of others that have the interest if you give it to them. Give them a chance.

And finally…

As mentioned before. God I do not get those e-mails anymore. So nice to not get mail bombed anymore.

 

 

 

 

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