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Failure: Unions in America Today

Doug5049 Wrote: Nov 25, 2012 6:57 AM
A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I were taking a walk in our neighborhood. Along one sidewalk the trees had been trimmed, and the cut branches were lying on the ground. There was not a worker or city vehicle in sight. The next day the branches were gone. My wife was confused about this. I explained to her that it was probably the result of a make-work union rule. Those who cut the branches off of the trees were not allowed to touch the branches after they had been cut, so the branches remained on the ground until another crew was brought in to pick them up and load them onto a truck. My guess is that the second group was paid less than the first group because they had not been properly trained to safely handle sharp tools.
Seawolf Wrote: Nov 25, 2012 8:03 AM
Probably right Doug..I was on a ship in overhaul once and went to open an electrical box that belonged to my equipment..I was stopped by a shop 51 electrician who also had reason to be in that box..he wasn't allowed to remove the 4 bolts of the cover because that was another guys job...I opened it and got my butt in a sling for breaking their unions rules, we waited 2 hours for the dude to show up, those are where the costs mount up.

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...