• The U.S. Is spoiled in comparison to other countries

    Teachers Unions prevent the firing of nearly any teacher that has worked long enough for the school. I lost several years of learning due to a less than helpful french teacher that constantly wend off topic and gave biased grading. But the Teachers Union continued to support her, and it took around 15 years for her to finally leave.

  • The too damn greedy. All they care about is ripping American wallets.

    I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) has been our top story over a month and early last month they went on strike for 4 days. BART is a train service that serves the SF Bay Area and carry about 400,000 people per day. Unions were going to strike again this week but the Governor adverted the strike for least week. While most of us commuters can breathe easily, we still have to wonder what will happen next week. Unions want a 21% pay increase cheaper health insurance, and they only pay $ 95 dollars for health insurance. Most of us are paying over 150 a month. BART said they would give them a 7% pay increase sound fair, but they turned it down because they want more.

    The job is easy to do and only requires a high school diploma to apply. The trains are automated and driver only announce stops and open doors, and they getting paid around $ 60,000 a year to do this and want more. I know people who has high school diploma doing security only make $ 31,000 a year.

    If they do get that raise the fares are going to skyrocket, we cannot afford anymore fare increase. Children will need their lunch money to get to school and that is bad. All unions need to be removed, and fire them all and replace non-union workers.

  • Made for Lazy Idiots!

    I prefer position given on a merit basis rather than based solely on who you know in the union, How much you've payed in or how many years you dragged your ass around the shop being a lazy fuck singing "not my job" or I'll have the 'rep' get back to you on that".

  • Trade Unions Are Illegal Conspiracies in Restraint of Trade

    Trade unions increase the wages of their members at the expense of greater unemployment, as dictated by the laws of supply and demand. Union use aggression and coercion to force employers to decrease productivity, halting business and harming both consumers and low-skilled workers. Most injured by this activity are the poor. Unions are violent, coercive institutions which have no place in civilized society, and therefore should be outlawed, illegal in legislation as they are in the natural law.

  • Unions have become to politicized and corrupt.

    No union should be pushing a political candidate. No government agency should be unionized, they are able to then push their own pay increases funded by the tax payers, while consistently underperforming. The Department of Veterans Affairs is the leading example. Too many people with nearly zero output, protected by a corrupt and broken union. While veterans pay the ultimate price, and tax payers footing the bill in every way. Veterans deserve better, taxpayers deserve better.

  • Like a tenured professor, a long as you show up, you get paid and you get raises even though you don;t deserve one.

    ASFCME is a bloated union that panders to Democrats and only progressive liberals. They bleed money off the backs of the taxpayer and have no useful purpose other than there own greed and contempt for anyone who disagrees with them. They will be killed first in the next civil war. You can bank on it.

  • Unions have closed businesses with repeated strikes and eviscerated entire towns by doing so.

    One example would be Sydney Steel in Cape Breton Nova Scotia. For years it seemed that these workers were constantly on strike. The company was barely holding on to profitability as it was, in a region with a ready and willing work force, most of whom would have happily taken a pay cut in order to keep their jobs. Unfortunately the heads of the United Steelworkers union, who's paychecks are assured regardless of the workers employment, were never happy. Workers were forced into strike after strike. Eventually the endeavor became unprofitable for the parent company due to low productivity and ballooning union demands and the plant was closed for good thus sending an entire region into economic instability and poverty. Currently this same scenario is playing out all over North America due to the actions of union influence.

  • I say yes

    It is wonderful and truely greatful i appreciate this world and jobs although imigrants desreve jobs we amaericans also do so god bless all for the holidays... May this union be united and connected more than ever been, and make good decsisons for these people and this country. Whats your opinion?

  • Treatments with the workers:

    These workers wake up everyday get ready just the same and go to work.They go to support their family or do it just cause. But what some workers have to go through is terrible.Maybe they have a boss with picks with them just cause or because there a bully but people shouldn't have to go thru something like that does the "all men created equal" ring a bell?

  • A damage to productivity

    By allowing unions to strike with impunity, the government fails to maximize the long term productive potential of the economy. Not only is this caused by the strikes but they inflate wage rates exorbitantly resulting in higher unemployment. By my reckoning the banning of trade unions would lead to a rise in employment, albeit with lower wage rates.

    A common rhetoric of the supporter of the union is the benefits they brought in the past, however this fails to look at the current scenario. I undoubtedly agree that unions did provide benefits to society, however their time is running short and they are becoming a hindrance to the economy. It is not as if we would suddenly revert to seven day worksheets and child labor as these have become social norms and there would be public outcry at their reimplementation.

  • Unions are essential for a strong and healthy economy!!!

    I'm surprised by all of the ultra-moronic arguments against unions on here. Seems like some corporate/conservative shills have been paid lots of money to propagate the LIE AND MYTH of unions being evil.

    LISTEN, COORPORATIONS AND BUSINESSES ARE PURE TYRANNY. Every business is a microcosm of a fascist dictatorship. You report to a boss who can do almost anything he/she likes with you. If you dare go against your boss and defy what they say, you can get fired. If you don't work hard or fast enough, you can get fired. If you complain about the pay or time off, you can get fired. Unions, as supported by the government(s), are THE ONLY bargaining chip that the working poor and middle class have to improve their lot as employees. Without unions, children would STILL be working in factories and you could be fired if you were in a job that put you in harms way and were injured. Make no mistake about it, a unionless country is the rich's, the business owner's, and corporate america's wet dream.

    Starting with Reagan, we've seen a smear campaign against unions. Why? Well, the rich and the business elite were tired of those pesky poor and middle class workers asking for a fair wage, a little more time off, and a little better health benefits and saught to take away any gains made by the poor and middle class in these areas. This smear campaign against the poor and middle class workers has been so successful at portraying unions as evil, that even the workers who have benefitted enormously from unions have been persuaded to vote against their own interest and do their master's (bosses/business owners) bidding.

    The reason income inequality has been so rampant these past few years is a direct result from unions being systematically destroyed through conservative lies and corporate propaganda. At least people are finally waking up and realizing that UNIONS ARE THE BIGGEST ASSET/BARGAINING CHIP THE WORKING POOR AND MIDDLE CLASS HAVE against corporate America's/capitalism's exploitation of them.

  • They will always be necessary.

    As consumers we always try to screw companies out of money. Most people choose to shop at places like KMart over smaller business even though we know they can't compete for prices. People will do anything to save a buck, even if they don't really need it. Why would ever expect an employer behave differently. In Australia our government tried to eliminate collective bargaining in order to make the unions irrelevant and employers happily took the opportunity to slash workers pay.

  • CAN unions be banned?

    I personally think that most unions are terrible for the economy and the government should take efforts to reduce union influence on public policy. That said, the government cannot ban protests and strikes, so a ban on unions would be virtually ineffective since the people who used to be unionized can still apply political pressure on their employers and the government.

  • Unions Need To Strengthen

    Unions have done a lot to help this country and it's people, while they have caused problems in the past I do not believe they should be banned and certainly not at this juncture in time. America has a large predator that would love to see unions go and that predator is Wal-Mart.

  • Banning unions cripples freedom of association

    It is true that some unions have corrupt "bosses", but they should be regulated instead of being banned. The Constitution protects freedom of assembly, which includes unions, so banning unions would be unconstitutional. Also, unions are responsible for regulations such as 40 hour work week, abolition of child labor etc.

  • Unions are a democratising force

    Since the Tolpuddle martyrs in the early nineteenth century, trade unions have been the only thing stopping unscrupulous capitalists from exploiting workers. Unions are a symbol of man's right to govern one's self, and if banned, it would be a serious blow to workers' rights as well as overall freedom. They are what makes the private sector accountable, and place the interests of the many above the interests of the few in the public sector. I'm sure the GOP would love to destroy unions, breaking the only control the plebeians have over their destinies, and destroy the public sector in favour of the private sector to their hearts' content. But unions are the greatest social organisations in the modern world; better than religion, better than charities, better than every other organisation that could be thought of.

  • No, but more labor regulation is a better solution.

    There are some inherent issues that arise from unions, namely it leads to people playing a system where there is no merit involved with pay. In some cases they keep inept individuals in jobs they should not be in. However they are better than nothing right now.

    Ultimately more labor regulation protecting workers rights and pay is the better and more efficient solution. It means workers wouldn't have to fight for rights over and over again while companies would still able to reward merit, and let go of employees that unable adequately perform their jobs.

  • Banning them would be a step too extreme

    While some unions definitely tend to misuse their power of collective bargaining, banning the unions altogether would be an extreme step and may prove fatal for the future of millions of ordinary workers. What is needed instead are proper laws to curb the misuse of power & influence by these unions instead of altogether banning them.

  • Banning unions will only consolidate power further into the hands of the few

    One only needs to look at working conditions prior to the establishment of unions to learn that: 7 day work weeks were commonplace and mandatory, child labor was a norm, deplorable work conditions often left workers permanently disabled or ill with no compensation, there was no minimum wage leading to wages drops every time there was a new wave of immigrant workers.

  • Apparently some folks forget our Constitution.

    Unions fall under the freedom of assembly.
    These anti-union folks also seem to be completely ignorant of history. Guess what was responsible for the end of child labor in America? For labor laws limiting work day lengths, mandating overtime for excessive hours, mandating break times, removing sweat shop conditions, mandating safety laws, mandating protections for those who must take time off for illness, protecting against workplace discrimination? UNIONS.
    Does there need to be reform in unions today? Sure. But to eliminate it entirely just shows ignorance of the system. How many of our workers' safety and security benefits do you think would still exist if there was no longer anyone to fight for them, and corporations just got to decide at will to cut costs any and everywhere they wanted?

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