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Another fire behavior model that keeps failing is the mental model in firefighters' heads. Despite training and experience, firefighters keep dying in wildland fires because they can't figure out how quickly or in what direction a forest fire will advance.
Anybody who listened to his speech last night and did not feel that sentiment must had forgotten his meds...
Unions have had a critical role in the history of this country. But when I say historical, in most cases I mean many decades ago.
In more recent times, there have been bright spots where a progressive, enlightened union leadership has helped an industry move forward. Take, for example, United Steelworkers' Leo Gerard - his constructive, reasonable, pragmatic approach helped keep a critical US industry from its deathbed to a renaissance.
Unfortunately, other examples are less heartwarming:
- I don't think that there's any doubt about UAW's role in making sure that the US auto industry is dead for good.
- Teachers' unions are staunchly opposed to linking pay to performance. They want salaries to depend only on seniority. 'Nuf said.
- My personal brush with unions is with electricians at trade shows, and... don't get me started.
More specifically to your point, I don't see the logic of having to pay for something done in the past. Past union activities (good or bad) were paid by past union dues. Past union activities (good or bad) are no guarantee of good union activities in the future.
I just loathe the concept of unions as taxing authorities. If you are a good, young school teacher, the union you are forced to support is actively working against you.
And, FYI, I am of political convictions quite different from Josh's mother...