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Unions Lose it Under Obama

Rick300 Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 3:52 PM
Unions can exist only in good economies. That's because, like the government, they don't increase productivity. They can leach off of a healthy economic climate without revealing statistics. They are a hidden tax that comes to light when the layers are pealed back. Note the effect of Right To Work laws have in those states vs. the anti work laws in other states. One of the main reasons union membership is down is due to the unions themselves going after new membership. As they try to unionize lower paid workers (often a high percentage of illegal workers), the existing members correctly see that they are being replaced by lower paid workers. Not smart, uh? Their Marxist theories are revealed for the 'traps' that they are.
Pistol Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 7:25 PM
Good analysis, Rick3000. The legitimate function of unions is to force management to give labor a fair share of expanding profits. Unfortunately, all too often, management can not force unions directly, to accept a smaller share in a declining economy, or in any case where there is excess labor. In these situations, non-union businesses quickly spring up paying only what labor is worth, and corporations trapped in union extravagance can not maintain a competitive stance. American labor was in a rare, near unique condition just after WWII, as we had no international competition. Union usefulness disappeared when that competition came on line. Virtually all our economic expansion since 1980 has been in non-unionized areas.

Alarm bells are going off for labor unions around the country.

Four years after electing the most pro-labor president of the last half-decade, it looks like the scheme has backfired.

In 2008 and 2012 labor unions used everything, including a little body English, ballot stuffing and voter intimidation to elect a president who would bring the prestige of presidential backing to recruitment efforts for labor unions.  

Since then not only have labor unions taken historic defeats in former union strongholds, like Wisconsin and Michigan, labor union membership is declining at a rate that will make them a...