Pete Posted November 16, 2012 Share Posted November 16, 2012 The union environment here is extremely different than in other countries. Unions are essentially legalized Mobsters in the US. And minimum wages? What are you talking about?I have this argument at almost every holiday with my family. It's funny how my super-conservative uncle is so pro-union, but it's because he was a cop and my aunt is a teacher. I'm very liberal but I'm against unions. My brother is pro-union and I argue with them all the time. What I've basically narrowed down my argument to is that fundamentally, and idealistically, unions are a great idea. Unfortunately, in reality, there are just a lot of people in unionized jobs who only want to do the bare minimum (and my uncle was one of these people before retiring). They are hiding places for people who want to have their weight carried for them. I'm not talking about people who set out to do a certain thing for a profession, and that profession happened to be unionized, I'm talking about the people who are just trying to get into the union itself, because then they are "set". Unions, in reality, can't exist because people are greedy, the owners and the unions. Owners want people to work 60 hours a week because "they're lucky to have a job" and union employees want triple time when they enter the 35th hour of work. (/obvious sensationalism) We have labor laws that protect people now. Unions aren't needed anymore. The only way they would be effective is if you unionized every job in every industry and everyone negotiated collectively. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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