OK - lets qualify it to those auto worker unions which sold their vote to Obama for an exemption from the cadillac insurance excise tax.
Actualy Obama granted it to all collective bargaining units but it was the UAW that made the deal happen.
My Dad was a labor relations manager for PPG for 33 years. He negotiated for management. He was well respected on both sides and at age 62 he retired ASAP because he hated his job. He made the following observations about unions and management.
Management - if left unchecked will make slaves out workers.
Unions - if left unchecked will make slaves out of the company.
Approximately every decade or so the pendulum swings from one pole to the other.
One could replace unions with DEMS/GOP and the analysis would be approx. true.
Right now the pendulum is still somewhat in the UAWs favor.
Unfortunately their current position is unsustainable because the companies they depend on are faltering.
The pendulum is swinging away from them.
stockingfull wrote:Right. All those unions which established the bottom below which workers' wages can't fall...
... or they'll organize into unions!
Have the unions outlived their fundamental use? Do they complicate the workplace? Those are useful debates to have.
But you guys have no idea how much you owe the unions. You know where you'd be if they hadn't stood up to the rich guys you worship? Lemme give you a hint: in the communist party.