I grew up in the downriver suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. Most of that time in a community (first a township, then a city) called Taylor—a place in the news recently for having closed its public schools in the wake of a massive wave of teachers calling in “sick.” However, these “educators” apparently made a nothing-short-of-miraculous group recovery immediately after their illness laden phone calls and quickly made their way en masse to the state capital in Lansing to join the angry mob protesting the recent legislative move to successfully make Michigan the nation’s 24th “right to work” state. This was, to...
Unions came about at a time when the power to decide the circumstances and conditions under which employees worked rested almost entirely in the hands of the upper management and owners of the Industrial Revolution. As with any human population, that group its range of ethical and humanitarian values, but many of the most powerful were men like the ruthless Henry Frick, hired by Andrew Carnegie who saw himself as something of a softie and needed someone more aggressive. He didn't realize just how aggressive until later.. Unions succeeded in empowering labor and gaining some balance between employers and employees. But power corrupts, and as unions grew in power, they did as so many have, relished it and sought more, beyond their mission
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