And you actually believe union people would agree to that? Do you realize the billions in exports we have in this country because of NAFTA? True, we do have a trade deficit, but that doesn't discount that there is some good in NAFTA.<quoted text>
Correct... in a non-union company, workers would go out and look for another job IF THEY COULD FIND ONE. The key phrase being "IF THEY COULD FIND ONE". Usually they end up tolerating their shitty job (especially in this new economy) indefinitely. Meanwhile, management has all the "legal methods" you were talking about on their side and labor has basically nothing to prevent management from implementing more cuts etc. I know this from first-hand experience. Anybody that supports this type of arrangement simply doesn't care about their fellow American workers. It would be fine if we weren't competing with places like China for labor costs, but that's not reality. If I were in control, I'd work this deal: We'll give up ALL unions if NAFTA is completely repealed and there is an amendment added to the constitution banning all possibility of creating a NAFTA-like policy in the future. That would be a reasonable compromise in my opinion.
You are correct, labor has nothing to say about what their pay scale is. But you also bring up that there are no other jobs out there, so what's your choice? If you can't find a job that paid as much as you make at your current company, then it's not the company. It's you. It's up to you to make yourself worth more--not the companies.