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Failure: Unions in America Today

Doug5049 Wrote: Nov 25, 2012 8:53 AM
Ditto. At the end of the 6th grade I could diagram a sentence, I knew all of the rules of English grammar, I could tell you the person, number, tense, mood, and voice of any verb, and could write a paper free of grammatical errors. When I graduated from high school, I was fluent in Spanish and calculus, and I knew more about biology, chemistry, and physics than most college grads do today. I thank my parents for removing me from government schools after the 4th grade.

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...