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Killing The Goose

SSugarbare Wrote: Nov 21, 2012 12:34 AM
Well, not exactly, Dr Sowell. You see, the rules are made and agreed upon by the union and the employers. There's a contract signed by both sides. When I was a kid, I worked in a paper plate factory. One of the rules was, the machinist did not sweep up after himself. A laborer, paid half as much as the machinist, did the clean up work. The problem came when the machinist didn't have any work and the laborers were to busy elsewhere. The company wanted to change the rule and the union drove a hard bargain. It was a tough sticking point. Although the specifics were never public at the time, charges and counter-charges flew. The point is, don't get caught up in the haggling. Some companies and some unions are lousy negotiators.
gofer Wrote: Nov 21, 2012 3:35 AM
No, Sowell is exactly right. They either agreed or went out of business. The Union and workers lost as did the taxpayers since they will go on unemployment.

Killing the goose that lays the golden egg is one of those old fairy tales for children which has a heavy message that a lot of adults should listen to. The labor unions which have driven the makers of Twinkies into bankruptcy, potentially destroying 18,500 jobs, could have learned a lot from that old children's fairy tale.

Many people think of labor unions as organizations to benefit workers, and think of employers who are opposed to unions as just people who don't want to pay their employees more money. But some employers have made it a point to pay their...