A hundred years ago unions were very much needed and they did a lot of good but today they are an albatross around a company's neck. Union run shops use 10-15% more labor to do the same amount of work and they are 10-15% over constipated. Ergo the cost of labor in a typical union business compared to a non-union business is 25-30% and eventually those businesses close because they can not compete with non-union businesses.Ok, there has been a lot of talk about evil "unions".
In America... unless you have a marketable degree, Unions may be your only hope of raising a family and have at least minimal time to see them.
Yes, union LEADERSHIP in some areas is very corrupt.
If you think the electoral college is a messed up voting system...baby, are you in for a surprise. Union MEMBERS have very little control over voting for their own contracts...let alone electing representatives.
But... is that the fault of any random factory worker?
Right to work provides ZERO employment. It sounds like a great thing...a RIGHT, no less. However, it does nothing to get you hired and less than that if someone tries to fire you.
If you have never worked in a union you will not know that they act as legal representation for the worker if he has business with his employer.
When I payed union dues I did it with a smile. Hell...I let em take it right out of my check.
Job security. THAT is the name of the game. Unions are the only game in town.
Yes, the older guys made more money...and they deserved it. They also deserve every dime of their pensions.
Most unions protect manual labor type factory positions.
It was my hourly rate multiplied by 2. Plus 2 dollars a month.
Go ask a wal-mart employee how they are making it.
I made a "decent" wage and had tons of trouble.
Financial woes suck. Being part of a union kept my head above water for a good while.
The company I worked for made 5 billion dollars last year. That is after payroll, pensions, overhead, bonuses, cost of operations, AND paying forward pension plans and other things to lower the figure of pure profit.
(Maybe if you get in under 5 billion you pay less taxes?)
But the point is...getting rid of unions is a terrible idea. One of the worst I have ever heard. Not saying they are perfect...
Changing the way their voting procedures work...and maybe a few counterweights to what they are able to do financially and in the business world would go a long way.
Tell me, what good is any union if you get laid off? It is not they did for you a hundred years ago but what are they doing for you today?
With Right-to-Work, you are more likely to be employed.