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Although labor unions have been celebrated in folk songs and stories as fearless champions of the downtrodden working man, this is not how economists see them. Economists who study unions—including some who are avowedly prounion—analyze them as cartels that raise wages above competitive levels by restricting the supply of labor to various firms and industries.
Many unions have won higher wages and better working conditions for their members. In doing so, however, they have reduced the number of jobs available in unionized companies. That second effect occurs because of the basic law of demand: if unions successfully raise the price of labor, employers will purchase less of it. Thus, unions are a major anticompetitive force in labor markets. Their gains come at the expense of consumers, nonunion workers, the jobless, taxpayers, and owners of corporations.
According to Harvard economists Richard Freeman and James Medoff, who look favorably on unions, “Most, if not all, unions have monopoly power, which they can use to raise wages above competitive levels” (1984, p. 6). Unions’ power to fix high prices for their members’ labor rests on legal privileges and immunities that they get from government, both by statute and by nonenforcement of other laws. The purpose of these legal privileges is to restrict others from working for lower wages. As antiunion economist Ludwig von Mises wrote in 1922, “The long and short of trade union rights is in fact the right to proceed against the strikebreaker with primitive violence.” Interestingly, those who are expected to enforce the laws evenhandedly, the police, are themselves heavily unionized.
U.S. unions enjoy many legal privileges. Unions are immune from taxation and from antitrust laws. Companies are legally compelled to bargain with unions in “good faith.”
"All that serves labor serves the nation. All that harms is treason. If a man tells you he trusts America, yet fears labor, he is a fool. There is no America without labor, and to fleece the one is to rob the other."
Frank Lloyd Wright
"If capitalism is fair then unionism must be. If men have a right to capitalize their ideas and the resources of their country, then that implies the right of men to capitalize their labor."
"The labor movement means just this: It is the last noble protest of the American people against the power of incorporated wealth."
John F. Kennedy
"The American labor movement has consistently demonstrated its devotion to the public interest. It is, and has been, good for all America. Those who would destroy or further limit the rights of organized labor--those who cripple collective bargaining or prevent organization of the unorganized--do a disservice to the cause of democracy."
"Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration."
My friends, it is solidarity of labor we want. We do not want to find fault with each other, but to solidify our forces and say to each other: "We must be together; our masters are joined together and we must do the same thing."
Originally posted by hotpinkurinalmint
Unions are compelling companies to export their workers' jobs rather than giving companies a reason to keep their workers' jobs.
Originally posted by Schleprock
The only people who support unions are union people, and they know the corruption is rampant. The Unions are what's killing the Big 3.
They shouldn't expect to get raises year after year when their company is losing money every year.
Quote from : Wikipedia : Jimmy Hoffa
James Riddle "Jimmy" Hoffa (born February 14, 1913 – disappeared July 30, 1975, declared legally dead in 1982) was an American trade unionist.
Hoffa served as the General President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters from 1958–1971, despite being incarcerated during the latter four years of his tenure.
Hoffa, who had been convicted of jury tampering and attempted bribery in 1964, was imprisoned in 1967 after exhausting the appeal process.
However, he did not officially resign the Teamsters' presidency until 1971.
This was part of a pardon agreement with U.S. president Richard Nixon, in order to facilitate Hoffa's release from prison.
Hoffa was last seen in 1975 outside a suburban Detroit restaurant called the Machus Red Fox.
Quote from : Wikipedia : Trade Union
A trade union (or labor union) is an organization of workers who have banded together to achieve common goals in key areas, such as working conditions.
The trade union, through its leadership, bargains with the employer on behalf of union members (rank and file members) and negotiates labor contracts (Collective bargaining) with employers.
This may include the negotiation of wages, work rules, complaint procedures, rules governing hiring, firing and promotion of workers, benefits, workplace safety and policies.
The agreements negotiated by the union leaders are binding on the rank and file members and the employer and in some cases on other non-member workers.
Originating in Europe, Labour unions became popular in many countries during the Industrial Revolution, when the lack of skill necessary to perform the jobs shifted employment bargaining power almost completely to the employers' side, causing many workers to be mistreated and underpaid.
This gave rise to the concepts of Marxism and Communism.
Trade union organizations may be comprised of individual workers, professionals, past workers, or the unemployed.
The most common, but by no means only, purpose of these organizations is "maintaining or improving the conditions of their employment".
Over the last three hundred years, many trade unions have developed into a number of forms, influenced by differing political and economic regimes.
Quote from : Wikipedia : Agent Provocateur
Traditionally, an agent provocateur (plural: agents provocateurs, French for "inciting agent(s)") is a person employed by the police or other entity to act undercover to entice or provoke another person to commit an illegal act.
More generally, the term may refer to a person or group that seeks to discredit or harm another by provoking them to commit a wrong or rash action.
Quote from : Wikipedia : Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act
The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (commonly referred to as RICO Act or RICO) is a United States federal law that provides for extended criminal penalties and a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization.
RICO was enacted by section 901(a) of the Organized Crime Control Act of 1970 (Pub.L. 91-452, 84 Stat. 922, enacted October 15, 1970).
RICO is codified as Chapter 96 of Title 18 of the United States Code, 18 U.S.C. § 1961–1968.
While its intended use was to prosecute the Mafia as well as others who were actively engaged in organized crime, its application has been more widespread.
It has been speculated that the name and acronym were selected in a sly reference to the movie Little Caesar, which featured a notorious gangster named Rico.
The original drafter of the bill, G. Robert Blakey, refused to confirm or deny this.
G. Robert Blakey remains the country's foremost expert on RICO; his former student Michael Goldsmith also gained a reputation as one of the nation's leading RICO experts.
I think Labor Unions can and should be necessary institutions in our society, but their thinking is outdated. Labor unions are still stuck in an early 20th century mindset where companies like GM had to either strike a deal with local workers, or shut the plant down.
Today, companies like GM have a third option every time the local union hems and haws, they can close the plant in the US and reopen it in China, Vietnam, or Latin America. Unions are compelling companies to export their workers' jobs rather than giving companies a reason to keep their workers' jobs.
Originally posted by LadySkadi
I would definitely agree that the union M.O. seems to be quite outdated, given the current economic base (service rather than manufacturing) and one need only review the operations of GM and Chrysler (Ford seems to be doing ok) and compare them to Toyota, who has not lost, but made profit for the past several years in row.
Originally posted by Sean48
With Unions you also get proper protection of Safety Codes.
There are many "blue collar" jobs that have the potential to cause harm
to workers, if the safety of the worker is negated because of the cost.
The union also insure these safety codes are followed.