Recently, a company error dropped my seniority to the bottom of the list (local list, nationally I still have some, but not a lot). My union has two weeks to file a protest, but my rep is dragging his feet and not giving me any straight answers about whether or not it's actually done. If it's not done, then I have no other recourse and I am forced to the worst job in our terminal for a year. It's a really bad, low paying job; physically very hard. It also affects my pay grade quite badly.
My company is horrible, but I feel like my union plays favourites. Generally, our union is good and is run by hard-working people...but sometimes it just adds to the bureaucracy. And they aren't as strong as they once were. Public opinion has turned against them and the most important tools they use to fight against corporate greed have been taken away. Our strikes (the most effective tool) never last longer than a few days because the government legislates us back to work. It declares our actions illegal and then takes away our bargaining power. It's like some kind of sick farce.
Do any of you belong to a union?
How powerless do you feel in your job?