When most people thinks of Labor Unions they think of the AFL-CIO and the Change to Win Federation which is the two largest Unions in the United States. When we think of Labor Unions, we think of organizations that advocate for living wages, good working conditions and good benefits for its members.
The Unionize Labor Movement goes back to the Colonial days of the 1619-1776, but when most people think of the Labor Unions we think of the Industrial Movement in the late 1930’s thru the 1940s, 1950s and even the 1960s, that led to mass production and good manufacturing plant type employment. We think about the days when America was a major producer of products. These days may be gone for now but the survival of our nation may well depend on its return.
Right to work advocates in states like Florida and currently there are 22 of them, argue that the workers should be free both to join and to refrain from joining unions and refer to non-right-to-work-states as “force-union states.
However I believe that Labor unions are good for the common man and woman. It creates an environment for collective bargaining. Sure in Unionized state you usually and almost always pay for this, but often you get what you pay for. And there is the argument that often Unions are corrupt. But since when have big businesses become ethical without oversight? Look at what big corporate America did to us in recent years. They outsourced our jobs to third world counties for a quick profit. Now we have an economic reality never worst since the great depression.
The bottom line is that Labor Unions create safer work places, better wages and better benefits for its members by giving the members a stronger voice, meaning leverage with the powerful few who head these big businesses. Labor unions therefore attract more qualified professionals and create better jobs by attracting a stronger labor force to perform the necessary duties.
Union members in the United States earn significantly more than non-union workers. Unionized workers earn over 26% more than non-union workers with similar jobs based on 2008 statistics. Now you do the math! Non-union workers get injured at work more often, get less benefits and are quicker to get fired and not even get unemployment which puts corporate management in a stronger and more oppressive status over their employees. They can work you for little to nothing and fire you at will.
While it may be argued that many manufactures are moving to non union states, out of unionized states, they are also moving to Taiwan, Mexico and any other third world countries where cheaper labor is available. This does not make prices lower to the consumers, or create better products. It just creates more profits for the big corporations and actually hurts the American economy, by reducing the GDP and decreases consumer spending here in America. This creates mortgage foreclosures and therefore failing banks. This is not the formula for living wage jobs creation with or without tax breaks. It is socialism in disguise.