New theory: PREVIOUS generations had a sense of entitlement
I was surfing around on Wikipedia researching communities that I was considering accepting employment in (I'm leaving the Navy soon). Anyway one of the towns, Safford Arizona, is evidently famous for a large miners strike in 1983 that was ultimately busted. The defeat was viewed as the beginning of the end for a lot of unions out west. I began reading about labor relations and unions when a thought came to mind: unions use to be huge, especially in the boomer generation, and in some parts of the country still are.
Could it be argued that these union workers from years ago, an entire generation of people, had a sense of entitlement that far exceeds the perceived sense of entitlement attributed to millenials?
Here is a generation of folks that thought they deserved a high paying job, excellent benefits, a fat retirement pension, and job security all without attaining higher education. Why do they deserve these things? Because they graduated high school and joined a union? Now we are stuck with the legacy: almost non-existant cargo shipping under the American flag and an auto industry that is trying to come back from the brink. Fat union paychecks, benefits, and legacy healthcare costs cripple our auto industry.
Are these realities the result of the sense of entitlement that the boomers had?
BA/Liberal Studies, TESC 2011
AAS/Applied Electronic Studies, TESC 2010