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Failure: Unions in America Today

moc23 Wrote: Nov 25, 2012 12:59 AM
We live in a global economy now. Unions were born when companies faced no natural repercussions from employee exploitation and abuse. Anti trust laws, mass communication, an educated populace, significant global and local competition all conspire against harsh worker treatment. The should have been a temporary solution not a permanent one. Their utility as a bulwark against Corporate malfeasance has long passed. On top of this, they should have never been allowed in the public sector or on public works projects where their pay comes from the taxpayer.

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...