Are labor unions really needed today? I am writing in response to Ted Lowe’s letter to the editor in last week’s CV&T paper.
I contend that as the environment exists with state and federal laws in place along with minimum wage laws, that labor unions are obsolete. Their existence today merely provides employers both public and private with hostile workforces.
Since the federal government instituted such laws such as overtime and put into place organizations like OSHA (which themselves really are not necessary), labor unions have been failing the fight to maintain a presence in the workforce nationwide dropping to less than 15% of private employees belonging to a labor union.
Which begs the question, If labor unions are as good for workers today as they were back prior to WWII, why must there be state and federal laws protecting its existence? Why not allow workers in any environment to choose whether or not to sign up to be a dues-paying member of the union? It’s always the practice of Progressives like Ted Lowe to complain about corporate record profits.
When a business, ANY business, makes a profit, that doesn’t mean that the owner and its shareholders, if any, take that profit and just divvy it up amongst themselves. Profit is used to reinvest in the infrastructure of the business. It is used to invest financially to shore up the foundation of that business for rainy days. When people receive raises at work, it’s because the business took in enough profit to do so.
The problem with believing that workers have the right to negotiate in the workplace is simply that there is none. The only employee of the business that gets to set their terms of employment is the owner of that business. All other employees agree upon being hired that they will do the job that their employer sets forth at the pay rate set forth and possess no right to demand higher pay, health benefits, or anything else. labor unions and their members bite the hands that feed them and if you really need an example of the pure economic disaster that labor unions leave in their wake, just look at Detroit.
Once known as the motor city capital of the world, it now lays in shambles as businesses left the area in the wake of the labor unions pricing their employees out of a job from the “Big 3.” Just ask yourself, would you let your kids run the house demanding that you meet some need that an outside source told them they had a right to and got them believing that they were a victim if they did not get it? That is what labor unions represent.
They collect what turns out to be a tax to clock in and out, and they funnel that money to the Democrat Party whether you approve of it or not.
Irvinite For Liberty