Originally Posted by houghtam
This sentence is key. I've said this before and I'll say it again. Unions, for the most part, have outlived the usefulness they once served. There are many laws in place which now render much of what they once fought for moot.
The primary purpose of unions nowadays is as a check and balance against corporations controlling all the power and abusing that power against the little guy.
Workers, both public and private, have every right to unionize, peaceably assemble, and operate in whichever way they decide is best to protect their jobs. Corporations and public entities have every right to do whatever they feel is necessary to address worker strikes and union concerns, including replacing those workers who strike.
It is no concern of mine how poorly the deals struck by companies favored those companies. They struck a deal. They signed a contract. If they go bankrupt as a result, perhaps they should have thought twice about where the money they were making was allocated. If a company goes bankrupt and thousands of union jobs are lost, it is also the fault of the union that those jobs are lost, because they should be looking out for their members. That is why in most cases, unions only strike when the members vote to do so.
Both the unions and the companies are in the same boat. You made your bed, you sleep in it.
Excellent post logical and without uber emotion, unlike others in this thread..
You are absolutely correct that unions for the most part have out lived their usefulness.. are there abuses of power but that is one reason the NLRB OSHA and God only knows how many other federal agencies have been put into place..
Not to mention the redundancy of state agencies that mirror what the feds do.. and for the most part are a waste of taxpayer money..
I see them as blood suckers that accomplish little and take dues that are wasted ..