• Unions are the only reason many industries have high wages and benefit packages.

    Unions would not be here if companies treated us right from the get go. Is that not obvious? People do not understand that the union gave us employees so much that companies probably would of never been willing to give. I don't know about you but I want rights and my employer is not going to let me go just because they want to.

  • Unions are too often demonised by the right-wing media.

    Billionaire Media moguls hate the idea that ordinary workers enjoy the fruits of their labour – they think that only the top bosses should benefit from the success of a company – and that’s why they smear unions in their newspapers and on their TV news channels. The truth is, though, that the unions defend workers’ rights from ruthless, exploitative companies who would happily put profits before workers health and safety if they were allowed to. With regard to the economy, when unions negotiate a better wage for their members, those workers pay tax on that extra income – if that extra money went into the bosses’ pockets, do you think they’d pay tax on it? Or do you think they’d channel it into an offshore bank account thus avoiding tax?

  • 100 years of productivity & prosperity

    We have had a century where most large work places in North America have been unionized, and have reaped many benefits from the resulting organization. Employers get one group to negotiate with rather than thousands of individuals, and one agreement for all. The contracts control the employees more than it controls the workplace. The higher wages & better benefits brings a strong & stable workforce with lower turn over rates & less required training, better quality output & productivity, and safer work places with less time lost to injury. The single entity negotiations also allows for faster overall workplace change to keep up with industry. We have more money in circulation, and to have a strong economy we need better cash flow rather than money hoarded by the wealthy.
    People keep trying to tie the erosion of our economy & society to Unions & wages. Fact is, Unions have had reasonably good wages for a century, and many unions have lost ground on wages for the past 20 years. So that isn't the problem. Other parts of the world have also had slave labour rates for centuries that no worker in America could compete with regardless if they are working for minimum wages. Look at history. We had many decades of solid growth for everyone. So what changed so drastically that it eroded the economy & hollowed out the manufacturing sector in less than 20 years? The answer is simple & in front of everyone's face. Free trade deals with 3rd world nations. The banks & investors have sold everyone out to benefit themselves, and destroyed a once great & functioning economy, and they are still trying to lipstick on the pig they have left behind for the masses. They get all of the cream & little is left for everyone else. Trade rules & union contracts used to protect american jobs, & american resources, and american rights. Trade rules kept industry leaders, investors, and banks from selling your jobs out from under you for extra cash in their pockets. Free trade changed that. People said what would happen to North America if they entered into such agreements. No one listened. People are now saying that without Unions, no one will have a collective voice, and the middle class & the masses will suffer greatly. Still, few are listening, & many are jumping on the bandwagon to run their only representation into the ground. I guess the old addage is correct. You get what you deserve.

  • Unions are beneficial to the economy, because they ensure that workers are earning a fair living wage, and are safe on the job.

    Unions are beneficial to the economy because they ensure that workers are earning a fair living wage and are safe on the job. If it were not for unions, companies could give lower wages, which would repel skilled workers and attract unskilled workers. This could create a situation in which shoddy work is produced in exchange for lower production costs.

    Posted by: MannP4rk
  • Fact, when Union wages rise, so do everyone elses

    You are welcome, my union wage sets the bar for your non-union wage. Keep taking scraps if you want, I'll keep my union card. If you are wondering why wages have stagnated over the past 30 years, blame trickle down economics. When marginal rates are high for upper income brackets with more tax incentives geared toward increasing wages and benefits for workers, etc. The middle class grows stronger, purchasing power increases along with demand. This creates more jobs and more opportunities for people to start their own business.

  • Yes, unions are vital to the economy, because they ensure that the working-class citizen has money to spend.

    The middle-class worker is what keeps the economy going, not the occasional spending by the super rich. The health of the economy is usually determined by how much people are buying things in stores, and how many people are unemployed. The working class determines both, and a properly working union helps protect their rights and level of pay.

    Posted by: H_Baird
  • Unions are beneficial to the economy because they protect workers' rights and make sure they are paid a fair wage.

    Unions are beneficial to the economy because of the trickle-down effect they have on workers' rights and opinions toward work. Unions assure that workers are treated fairly and have enough money to spend to support their families. By protecting workers' rights, unions help to promote a sense of trust between companies and makes people want to work and earn a decent living. By supporting workers, we support and improve our economy.

    Posted by: EImerBuddie
  • Though most would agree that unions have their own issues and troubles they cause, they are designed to provide fair working situations to their employees.

    No one likes a strike and it's stressful for both sides with mixed results over the years. Although allowing employees to just fly loosely in the wind unprotected seems a far worse option, especially in this day and age of big corporations.

    Posted by: Ramon Griffith
  • Union provides a great support to the economy.

    Yes,I totally agree that the Unions are beneficial to the economy. Unions are the group of people who looks into the matter what is beneficial to the economy and what is not beneficial. They looks into the welfare of an individual in micro level. They provide perspective how the particular issue is beneficial for the economy.

    Posted by: I0rFashion
  • Yes, unions are what has made this country great.

    Unions are very important to our economy. Unions have been the backbone of our middle class allowing many non-college-educated people to receive higher standards of living. Many of our economic woes have resulted from union busting allowing companies to ship jobs over seas and cut wages. Lower incomes makes purchasing things harder, which means fewer goods are produced.

    Posted by: R43Shep
  • Unionism equals communism

    When there is no connection between wage rate and performance this is the breeding ground for complacency. It is in our DNA to want to be rewarded for an increase in effort. This concept is taught at a very early age in our schools by rewarding kids with good grades for increased academic performance. Unions promote the exact opposite either overtly or covertly by setting a wage rate that they are guaranteed to receive with no connection to performance, which is very much like the pay schedule established in the former Soviet Union.

  • Unions are no longer beneficial in our society because today we have so many laws protecting the rights of workers.

    In the 19th and early 20th century the workers of America had virtually no rights and were unable to improve their work conditions, salary, etc. With the arrival of unions, the state of the common laborer greatly improved. But today, with so many laws ensuring the rights of employees, unions are doing more harm than good. For example, many analysts believe that union's demand for so many raises and benefits for the auto industry workers has driven it into the ground, so they are no longer able to compete with other countries.

    Posted by: NettN355
  • No, because I think unions actually put pressure on the economy, which hurts it.

    Unions really don't help the economy. They support big government and more regulations, which just ends up hurting legitimate businesses. Some of the bigger unions also seem like they are entitled to things that they really shouldn't be. Workers can look out for themselves in this day and age, and do not need unions to do it for them.

    Posted by: R04chGrov
  • I don't support unions! Greedy! Unnecessary!

    Unions are greedy & drive the price of everything through the roof! Teachers' unions make slaves of our children..Forcing them to take standardized test so teachers look like they're doing their jobs when what's really happening is our children learning NOTHING & teachers getting paid to not teach anything worthwhile! Then there are those who just don't know how to teach! I live in NYC, Buffalo, & this city has WICK'S LAW...Look it up, it's RIDICULOUS! Can't even start a skilled trade business like plumbing/electrical here. Our mayor & elected officials are Union Slaves that hold this city back from any progress being made! It costs more to do simple things here, like build or remodel a home, paint a fence, you name it because the city & its union fools monopolize everything! They charge fee after fee & force us to use union labor to hang a ceiling fan! Unions are a pay to play cartel that don't add any benefits to this society & should be done away with! They drive up prices & take jobs that someone who may not be college material could be well capable of doing! Try walking into Chevy & applying for a job...You CAN'T! They don't hire from the outside. Maybe 80 years ago they were useful, but now a days they serve no purpose but to hold sway over consumers, drive up prices, & inflate bosses pockets!

  • Unions need to be refocused.

    Unions have hurt our economy by forcing companies to pay wages and benefits that their members may like but are not competitive to competition. This means fewer overall jobs, lower profit margins for the companies, and more jobs leaving the country. One of the sad facts is that unions continue to exist in many industries because of gov't contracts that require the hiring of union labor.

  • No union organizations.

    With approx 10% of the workforce in unions driving the price up for the 90% that are not... You do the math. Unions hurt the economy for the middle class, driving the price up for services. Why would you choose a union shop to do the work when you can hire a non-union shop to do the same qualified job for less?

  • Public Sector Unions are robbing taxpayers and are not beneficial to the economy.

    Through collective bargaining, unions have gained excessive benefits and bloated salaries due to the fact that it's taxpayer money. Unions bargaining with politicians have a powerful tool to gain benefits for their members called donations. Politicians are swayed toward allowing union demands because their jobs depend on votes. Unions have the power to steer votes dependent on the actions of politicians accepting or declining increases in salaries or benefits. The money required to raise benefits and salaries is not coming out of their pockets, and they are easily swayed to accept union demands.

  • Cost towards the company equal prices to us

    Higher demands put forth by unions push the companies back and back. The benefits of the retired continue to pile up. You should be responsible for your retirement as well. Paying so much, and we wonder why US made products cost more? Alabama has shown that unions aren't required.

  • No benefit to the consumer

    Unions can greatly inflate prices of products because they demand higher wages and in turn cause the company to raise the prices of their consumer products. Even in the case of business to business products, it all leads back to average consumers in the end. The B2B companies still deal with other companies that provide products to consumers, and they will have to raise prices to stay afloat. In the end, consumers are hurt by unions, and only the greedy union members potentially benefit.

  • Unions cause outsourcing

    The artificially high wages that unions demand is a primary driver that forces companies to flee overseas where they can make a profit on their products and services. See GM, American Airlines, the city of Detroit, and Right to Work states versus Union states. Unions in America frequently partake in extortion, forcing their demands upon companies.

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