Unions have become their own worst enemy by using a business model that is obsolete and dangerous to national security because it drives jobs overseas or downsizing through automation.
Unions still have a use and the country still need them. What is not needed are corrupt union leaders that is unresponsive to its membership. Arrogance is it’s own reward. But at the same time, if you don’t like the direction your union is going it is likely others think the same and you can form your own union. Unions have become a creature of the left and not all union members think like that or approve.
Unions are part of the check and balance system. They keep an eye of business and government, while business and government keep an eye on unions and each other. Unchecked power leads to tyranny.
Unions need to evolve and recognize the world has passed them by. That the 1950’s, when the US was the world’s manufacturer have ended. The days when unions could dictate excessive, greedy wages and sweetheart contracts are over. They are NOT the system, they are part of it; an ecosystem of people dealing with people.
Unions have to start taking responsibility for their wage demands and the consequences and concentrate of what unions advocate – a living wage.
In this day of focus on a living wage, you have union members making $35 (or more) an hour, which by comparison is greed. It is no different then the fat cats the unions malign. Unions are part of the 1% the Occupy” Wall Street were talking about, not the 99%.
How do unions justify this? “We work for it” as if company CEO’s don’t? Those CEO’s generate the wages that employees earn, not the other way around. If a CEO fails, he’s gone, but the same can’t be said for a union. A union can kill a company just as readily as a bad CEO.
And the worth that unions love to cite of CEO’s, a lot of that is stock vestments that only happen if the company does well. If not, that stock is worthless. As a percentage, making $35 an hour is equal to the SALARY of a CEO in a year.
Unions have killed manufacturing in America leaving America at the mercy of unfriendly countries. This doesn’t need to remain this way, but the jobs will never return in the numbers that left. But UNIONS can take steps to resolve the true inequity, job opportunities.
Start trade schools instead of waiting for people to finish trade schools and go thru a company’s probation period.
Use the dues the unions collect and get manufacturing in America going again instead of outrageous and greed-driven salaries for UNION LEADERS.
Invest in both sides of the political process instead of being owned by Democrats. When your services, or, in this case, favor, are bargained for you get a better deal.
Develop awareness of what union actions mean to union position and declining member numbers. It isn’t because fewer people want to be union members, it is because unions have killed union companies by forcing them to automate or go overseas to stay in business. Unions need to understand that a company’s first loyalty is to their stockholders which is a good thing because those stockholders are, in part, equity companies that make union pensions stable.
Want to get rid of corporations? Kiss your job AND your pension goodbye.
Just as corporations have found, they must become more people orientated – to keep the customers they have and to gain new ones. It’s time unions came to terms with reality instead of living in the past.