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Failure: Unions in America Today

cholmes Wrote: Nov 25, 2012 7:32 AM
On a positive note, unions have helped workers with safer work conditions. Benefits that also helped to elevate non union workers benefit to keep unions out.. This being while non union contractors charge the same hourly rate and paying their workers less while pocketing the difference. I have seen a company paying comparable workers five dollars less per hour with no medical or pension benefits. The contractor pocketed the difference. I could go on and on but you get the idea. I couldn't follow the party line by voting for those who supported abortion and gun control etc.....
Tacitus X Wrote: Nov 25, 2012 10:19 AM
Safer working conditions came about as through market forces and the self-interest of employers and employees as wealth increased. Injured or dead workers don't work. They can also sue (very expensive). Insurance companies will also charge exorbitant rates for unsafe workplaces or refuse to insure at all, creating an unacceptable level of risk. The unions play no significant role in this dynamic.
Billpm Wrote: Nov 25, 2012 9:30 AM
Don't you see the discrimination here. Like so many things democrats back they were rooted in racism. Unions were a method of keeping the poor upcoming black man off of the good jobs.
NewJAl Wrote: Nov 25, 2012 8:20 AM
I think we must look at profit margins, but, basically, I see it going down to the personal morality of the individual boss and worker, which colors every action and decision they make.
Unions should be concerned with worker safety, but I am not sure Washington should be in the mix, as I believe in local control, as much as possible. Much good has come from workers saying 'no more', but the best gains come from the ability of people to put themselves in the other person's place, and that seems to be a virtue being eroded. 'Ask not what your Country can do for you............' is no longer.

Unions played an important role in American history. At the turn of the last century, a lot of workers encountered awful and dangerous conditions on the job. The workers banded together, demanded changes and got them. After that, Americans joined unions and the dues began to roll in. Riding that wave of compulsory money, union bosses rose. With that much money flowing, corruption wasn’t far behind.

Times have changed. The economy, country and world have changed. But unions haven’t. Union membership among non-government employees has fallen off a cliff. But although membership is down, their power remains large.

Why? Because...