However,sent the toys
Should have added a few plush vulture heads to the gift package.
...Not damaging them to start with? If any institution thinks it can sweep it's wrong doings under the rug in the in this day and age...~19,5% of the way through the 21st century...it is being run from the 20th century. For a major IT company whose code base is used by billions of people every day to think this way is telling. Personally I do not find what is tells us encouraging.
A substantial proportion of American employers are so right-wing that they regard anyone who is a member of a trades union as a closet communist.
And they aren't even completely wrong as labour unions were invented by Karl Marx. Frankly, I've always been surprised by the power of the labour unions in America given their origin.
It is unfortunately very 21st century as well in the US
The simple reality, however unpopular with the Commentards it is, is that no competent management group will ever allow a union to take root in their company if there is any way at all to prevent it. The sole MO of most unions is to stir up discontent, and as we all know a house divided cannot stand.
There's a fundamental misalignment of expectations too - unions expect inflation busting pay rises every year, while management view salaries as being a replacement cost (how much does it cost to get the job done, as opposed to how much does it cost to get the job done by you).
They're mutually exclusive competing concerns - the primary job of any company is to make money for its owners. At their core, that is why they all exist. Companies can survive and thrive without unions, but the converse is not true.
"The sole MO of most unions is to stir up discontent"
In a word: Bullshit
In a few more words: Bullshit of the highest order. Keep taking your pills and drinking your Kool Aid.
Unions which end up like that are a direct result of rotten management - let's not forget the role of companies like Pinkerton and their extremely violent union-busting antics
Wow, someones triggered today. Are you by any chance off your meds?
No union in British history has worked with management for the betterment of the enterprise. Most are quite happy to wreck a business to show a stronger "negotiating" (read blackmailing) hand with other employers.
The average Rover worker lost 50% of their comp when the factories closed, meaning they were economically earning twice their replacement cost - double pay. The average miner lost more still, if they ever worked again. Dockers didn't just used to be a type of shoe. The list is endless and it is the reason unions by and large simply don't exist in the private sector.
Unfortunately damaging the relationships in the first place was probably unavoidable here. NPM may have been (relatively) well LIKED before this misadventure, but they were still losing money and you can’t keep that up long term. Any change big enough to turn around their profit problems was guaranteed to piss off SOMEONE.
That said, there’s clearly a choice between handling business changes gracefully vs putting your foot in your mouth, and getting involved in lawsuits (and losing them) strongly suggests the latter.
NPM mode of dependency management has got silly of late. You can download a package via NPM and download the same code 3 or 4 times in a sprawling tree of node_modules directories.
Somehow other package managers survive with "dont break shit" / "backwards compatibility".
IMHO NodeJS, run by the Linux foundation, should distance themselves from NPM.
Someone sent a package of Butt Paste (https://www.buttpaste.com) to a director at my last place of employment. The note read something along the lines of "You're a badly inflamed asshole. This might help. Cheers."
Funnily enough, that didn't go over well and interrogations ensued. Wish we had a name for the culprit though, because a turn like that deserves some free beer
Years ago I worked in a new factory being brought online. We were a non-union expansion for the existing union shop in the eastern US.
Including startup beginning in April, we were able to out-produce the old factory (that had more lines) by end of year.
The union shop got 10% production bonuses at Christmas based on our work. We got fruit baskets. Really.
We closed the factory the week between Christmas and New Year for maintenance, giving mischievous minds time to prank. I crawled through the rafters into the office area above the plant manager's office and carefully lowered enough fruit baskets to cover his quite large desk. This was, of course, in a corner office facing southwest - in south Texas. Even in winter the sun shines quite brightly most days and temps in an office where HVAC is off for plant maintenance can get notably elevated.
The entire office area had to be aired out for several days after staff returned.
Immature and childish, sure. But funny to everyone but the boss. Even other front office staffers were heard giggling - because they had been shorted also leaving only the plant manager getting a quite generous bonus.
Notably, we didn't get fruit baskets the next year, even after breaking production records again.
I would AC, but I really don't care if that employer finally figures out who did it.
I'm not shocked about the union-busting attempt. I worked in IT for an airline for a few years, and at that time the pilots weren't unionized (startup LCC.) My work put me in the pilots' orbit frequently -- and the stories of outright propaganda ahead of the vote were quite interesting. They never did anything that could be proven, but there was indeed some mole hunting going on too. All companies do this to try to identify the "troublemakers" and constructively dismiss them. It took 3 attempts but now the pilots are in a union; basically the airline isn't a startup anymore and they want to get paid the same way and have the same rules as their peers at major carriers. They definitely didn't want the publicity either, but trying to find the leak just made more noise.
I don't expect pro-union activity to be a trend in IT/dev until we wake up and decide we're a big-boy/girl profession now -- and I wonder if that's going to happen in the 25 or so years I have left in my working life.
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