My friend, Kris Dunn, has a post about Swiss unions — or something like that. I didn’t really read the post. Sorry, Kris, but I am pretty much over any discussion that doesn’t offer smart solutions and address the reasons why unions continue to rage against the machine — such as health care, education, and safety.
I did, however, watch The Beastie Boys video at the end of his post.
Kris and I are huge fans of The Beastie Boys. Music unites us. As members of the recording industry and union members themselves, I think The Beasite Boys have a vested interest in seeing unions succeed in a smart and thoughtful way. I want to direct Human Resources professionals who are interested in thoughtful union reform, smart health care reform, and The Beastie Boys to some interesting links.
- Andy Stern and Jeff Kindler: Why Health Care Reform Can’t Wait
- Analyzing the ‘Next Social Contract’ — Human Resources Executive Online
- The Tyranny of Dead Ideas: Letting Go Of The Old Ways Of Thinking To Unleash A New Prosperity by Matt Miller
This is America, and I would like to stop sabotaging our future and move the discussion beyond the old debates of sinister unions and paternalistic corporations. I don’t know about you, but I am done fighting over the entitlement of lazy, stupid, unmotivated workers. Let’s act like adults, fire employees who don’t perform, and have a new discussion:
- How do we compensate 21st century American workers?
- How do we create fair & innovative total rewards packages when we compete against workers in Canada, China, Burma, and the Northern Mariana Islands?
If we can include The Beastie Boys in that discussion, even better.