upallnight wrote:Cate McCalley wrote:goat47 wrote:Look at the shape of today's unions. The teachers union's useless. The Teamsters are long time crooks. It's no wonder they are all members of the Democrat Party.
Let's also take a look at todays U.S. economy, where unions represent less than 7% of U.S. workers, as opposed to the economy in 1980, when U.S. unionized workers were 20%. Better economy or worse?
Didn't you say the 80's were terrible because of Reagan?
It has been for unions. Reagan's busting PATCO the pilots union, followed by rapid deregulation of our countries largest sectors hastened it.
Since 1970 Corporate America has largely ignored the rules and regulations of the NLRB protecting American labor. They have been able to accomplish this by contributions to political coffers whose NLRB appointees turn their heads the other way.
Unions themselves must share the blame for the decline of wages in American labor. Their top heavy, self serving leadership focusing only on skilled labor many of the big unions, ignored bringing the unskilled into their fold. The "fordism" idea that American labor should be paid in balance to consume, went out the door with globalization.
The fact is unionization in the top GDP sectors isn't needed. Workers on Wall Street don't want or need union protection. They can buy protection from our Congress and Administration.
Meanwhile 90% of American's workforce see their wages declining every year, as their living expenses increase.