What unions are doing in America today, not only to the companies but to the workers they supposedly represent, is unconscionable. It’s sad that a majority of their own members can’t or refuse to see that these unions are not truly on their side and in fact have done much to destroy capitalism. Unions have become the people they were originally formed to oppose.
Unions are a socialist concept. The whole concept of unions pits management against the workers.
The assumption is that management is an evil force whose sole purpose is the abuse of the worker.
While this may have been true in the early days of the industrial revolution, it is not as common today.
The union philosophy is predicated on the notion that everyone should be paid the same regardless of the quality of their work. Who wants to do a better job than someone who is getting paid the same amount for doing the same job poorly? Obviously, the quality of the product will suffer.
Unions now are big, powerful lobbies, whose sole purpose is to keep people who are not in the union from working, while demanding higher pay and benefits for those who are. They keep inadequate workers on the job, but do not reward the better workers. They create unnecessary jobs by dividing the labor of one person into the work of three. The man that turns on the lights, can not pick up the trash. The man that turns the bolts can not also put on a tire. They have driven the prices up on everything, while their ‘management’ gets fat on the pensions of the workers.
I believe there should be no unions in government, in the school system, or in professional sports. These people are not being abused by their employers. Bad workers should be fired, good workers should be given merit pay, and everyone should be entitled to work who is able to do the job, without having to join a union.
Protectivism doesn’t work in world economics and it doesn’t work in the job market. I believe the time for unions has come to an end.
I have always been of the mindset that if you don’t like your job or work conditions, then go work somewhere else. Forcing privately owned companies to do something they do not want or can not afford to do regarding wages and benefits, is UNAMERICAN.
If we do not address this issue, we will see more companies like the makers of Twinkie, fold and move their bases to other countries where labor is reasonable and profit is possible.