Are Unions Too Expensive?

What price do we pay for union labor?  Can the American worker afford itself?  As we now exist in the era of change, are unions obsolete, I politely ask?  As money is harder to come by and economic shifts take place, are unions still realistic?   What happens when General Motors takes a dive and requires government bail out because they are too large too fail?  Would government bail out  have been necessary if they were able to cut wages?

What happens when McCormick conventions began to leave the city because of the light bulb union and the set up union cost and the carpenter union cost and the load in and load out cost?  What happens?  Do we keep loosing our competitive edge or do we confront the unions?  Or do what the Mayor suggests, privatize as a way around the union cost? 

What happens when Wal Mart  is distracted to coming  to communities in desperate blight and  where  food deserts are the norm and they happen to be on the city's  South Side.    What happens when there is true job creation, economic creation, tax creation before you and the union uses its power to stop the alderman from voting for the big box business.  

What happens when the union back stage cost is more than the entertainment cost for the acts that come to town? 

These are questions to make a point. Does the union business need to be reconsidered in this age of globalness  and technology?  Perhaps the laws of the land need to change to stop foreign labor, so that American can get on its feet again.

Is union labor leading to our economic destruction  in these recession times? 

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  • Yes, unions are HORRIBLE.

    No, don't get me wrong, unions were a great thing for the history of America, but in their current form they are mostly obsolete. Most union leaders live in an era of the past and don't understand the new global economy.

    Most of this problem is public sector unions. They fight cuts (which is there job), but they don't realize when they look silly and out of touch. Take for example the UAW and Ford. Ford CEO Alan Mullaly got Ford's labor costs down from 76 to 55 dollars per hour. Why? The UAW @ Ford knew that for the company to survive long term (thus, for the union to survive), labor costs had to go down.

    Unfortunately, many public sector unions (many, not all) have net yet accepted the fact that they have to make sacrifices now, for solvency, jobs, and existence in the long term. It is tough, brutal, and painful, but necessary. Change will have to come, but change is always tough. And most importantly, change is different and people are always afraid of a new status quo because it is not what they have known -- the status quo.

  • In reply to thelowedown:

    Thanks for writing. Times have changed and the union work force has to change also.

  • Unions have been a double edged sword, in some ways leading many businesses to send jobs to Mexico or China, while helping protect workers in the past when OSHA and other labor laws were not where they are now.

    But when the unions refuse to budge when a large percentage of members are getting axed to protect the wage structure, then they are not competing with other businesses and are not representing their membership. Many have become shells for political action committees with agendas that also don't create more jobs. Union members need to wake up or join all the former steel workers as obsolete.

  • In reply to Bumsteer:

    I totally agree with you. Its the changing face of our workforce.

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