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Why is it a bad thing to have unions?

What are we supposed to do, go back to the days where company heads can pay workers $20 a week to work in unsafe conditions?

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Asked by Anonymous at 8:34 PM on Aug. 29, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • We have employment laws that would prevent that sort of negligence, so unions are not as useful today as they once were. The way I see it is that they collect a fee every month and you get little in return, except to be able to keep your job even if you aren't doing your job. They don't care, they just want those fees to keep rolling in. Then when the crap hits the fan they make you stop work and picket your employer, and if any fellow work mates or customers cross the picket line you are encouraged to yell names at them, like 'SCAB' and even spit on them to try to intimidate them from going into the workplace. Oh, don't worry about a paycheck, they won't be sending you one, they are just going to sit on their behinds and wait for the employer to blink and compromise to the detriment of the company's bottom line. But who cares, as long as you get to keep your job. Only until the business closes.


    Answer by Anonymous at 8:40 PM on Aug. 29, 2009

  • No. It doesn't have to be an "all or nothing" attitude either. The unions need to realize that the time of staging strikes to force work place changes has past. That strong arm tactic isn't needed. Striking to get more and more and more when the economy was being stretched to the point of breaking is not logical. Union demands helped push the cost of goods higher and higher so the members could get top dollar of what basically amounts to unskilled/low skilled labor. No, don't go back but don't continue as is. There has to be a compromise where the companies can afford to pay the workers and the union can keep them safe. One way is to get rid of union graff of the pension funds, lower the dues, stop paying salaries to union executives and make them be of the workers.

    Answer by jesse123456 at 8:42 PM on Aug. 29, 2009

  • The other thing that can be done is to strike down EFCA, but that's the thank you kiss Obama is giving the unions. Hopefully it won't be passed and signed. If it is signed and becomes law, then kiss your freedoms as a worker away. You could go home from your job one day and come back the next to a union shop. They will only require 50% +1 employee to sign a card to make a business officially unionized. Then, here is the really neat part. You don't get a private vote as a union member. That's right, you have to call out your vote LOUD AND PROUD in front of all of your union brothers and sisters, of course subjecting yourself to their ire if you aren't in agreement (an lordy, have you seen how angry and violent those union people can get?). If EFCA passes you can count on higher prices across the board and many businesses will just end up closing shop. It will kill capitalism (O-hbrother is working hard on that).


    Answer by Anonymous at 8:50 PM on Aug. 29, 2009

  • Because they use the law to bilk owners out of money that the union members have NO right to.


    Answer by mustbeGRACE at 8:50 PM on Aug. 29, 2009

  • Unions are good for all workers. They improve wages, benefits, and working conditions, and helped create the middle class.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:53 PM on Aug. 29, 2009

  • It is not a bad thing to have unions, it is a good thing. Many people, especially the unskilled , have no unions and are ruthlessly expoited with hard sometimes dangerous work for low pay, no employment security, treated with disrespect and in the case of women sometimes sexually harassed.

    We live in a democracy so we should have democracy in the workplace too.

    Answer by janet116 at 9:11 PM on Aug. 29, 2009

  • Unions can be very good or bad depending on their leadership.

    The problems, they can force your hand when an employee SHOULD be fired but the company gets a threat from the union and afraid of a lawsuit they dont do it...However, as long as you clearly DOCUMENT , you can handle business

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 9:32 PM on Aug. 29, 2009

  • My father has worked for the same shop for 40 years. They have NEVER had an Union. They are the best place to work in town. Best paid, Best treated, Least amount of lay offs, (actually until last week in their 100 year history they had never had a lay off, again thank you mister president!) Company paid benefits until government mandates ruined the health care system for all, but its still partly paid by the company, wonderful staff that cares, a company that stands by their employees... Unions are just another interest group for the politicians, nothing more, nothing less.


    Answer by TinasTribe at 9:42 PM on Aug. 29, 2009

  • I've seen unions destroy businesses. Two grocery stores in my area at different times had unions threatening strikes. The companies said they couldn't/wouldn't pay the demands. One grocery store was on the verge of bankruptcy when the union made their demands. Both stores ended up with union strikes. People were uncomfortable shopping there with the strikes going on, and both stores lost major business. The result was both grocery stores went under, and EVERYONE lost their jobs in the process. How that helped the union workers is a mystery to me.

    Answer by mancosmomma at 9:43 PM on Aug. 29, 2009

  • Unions have grown beyond their usefulness for the most part. The UAW is one of the reasons the car companies went they own the companies. That is sick.

    The teachers union here said no to a proposed shorter school year (6 days) and no to a 2 yr wage freeze. They didn't even let the teachers vote on what they wanted to do. They just said no and it wasn't open for discussion. Forty-five teachers are now without a job thanks to their union. The school district had not choice because of a loss of revenue. I'll bet the wage freeze and the loss of 6 days pay/days off looks really good about now. Interesting though, the people with the union still have their jobs/benefits.

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 10:23 PM on Aug. 29, 2009

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