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Why Do We Need Unions?

kenneth416 Wrote: Dec 15, 2012 7:04 AM
In the depths of the Great Depression (1929 until 1941 or so) my father was an uneducated man with a wife and young children. He was often unemployed and desperate to find work to feed himself and his family. Companies took full advantage of the situation and hired compliant people at very low wages. Recall that Henry Ford hired goons to beat up rebellious workers. This led to union advocacy which eventually swung the pendulum in the opposite direction.until unions grew so strong as to cause the ruin of many companies, which simply moved operations off-shore. Congress has been chasing its tail (futilely), trying to strike a balance, but alway seems to be behind the curve.
FletchforFreedom Wrote: Dec 15, 2012 8:35 AM
In the depths of the Depression, work was hard to come by. As a result (sans government intervention that made things worse), market wages fell. Consumers, unable to pay existing price levels - not companies - forced down wages. This is called basic economics. There was no "exploitation" - which, by definition, is impossible in a free marketplace. No one condones the actions of Harry Bennett and his crew ... nor the equally violent actions of pro-union thugs throughout this country ... but that does not make any more credible the myth that unions served a real purpose in the Depression or at any time in history.
KPar Wrote: Dec 15, 2012 8:15 AM
"Recall that Henry Ford hired goons to beat up rebellious workers."

You should also recall that Old Henry paid more than $5 a day, when prevailing wages were about half that amount, in order to reduce turnover. When the unions demanded more (oh! so much more!) Henry took it personally. Hiring goons? That was a different time- now the goons appear to be hired by the unions...
MadisonWannabe Wrote: Dec 15, 2012 8:06 AM
Companies respond to consumer demand. If your complaint is about low wages it is not the fault of the company but rather you, the customer. When I see you shop around for the HIGHEST price paid to the laziest and most inefficient work force you can find, I might start to believe you. Unions serve no legitimate purpose other than to force you to pay out more for the same product or service. Some like to complain about the rich company owner, but what about the rich union boss who "owns" the actual workers? Some of these union "owners" are also in the 1% that the union member is jealous of. Unions have been deporting companies and jobs for decades because you as the customer will not voluntarily pay the higher price associated with unions.

Michigan has now become the 24th state to give workers the right to work without having to join a union. The event provoked more than vigorous debate. State police had to be on duty to guarantee the safety and the ability of Michigan legislators to actually go vote on the measure.

So what is the controversy all about? I agree with folks on the left about the real issue. It's not about right to work. It's about unions themselves. Why do we have them? Why do we need them? What public purpose do they serve?

There's no mystery here. A union...