Originally Posted by Jayhawk
And none-to-soon, IMO. They are trying to hang on as open-shop laws gain ground. Unions used to serve a purpose, but as time goes on and the global economy gains strength, it is now clear that unions hurt our economy.
I agree with J, but not in the way that he would like. Unions are going away because American Corporations are outsourcing their manufacturing jobs to foreign countries where labor laws and environmental laws mean that their manufacturing costs go down and they are able to skate issues like chromium and cadmium pollution issues that plague American manufacturing [since that pesky EPA has a problem with Chrome byproducts getting into the water table and China doesn't have that issue].
On the other hand, as more and more manufacturing jobs leave American shores, there is a vacuum that has to be filled to allow all of those displaced workers to have work available at a living wage. For the past 20 years that has been technology, with many skilled craftsmen cross training to programming and server management. Now, however those jobs are the next tier that is moving offshore, with nearly 1.5 million technical workers offshored in just the past FIVE years. Those high taxpayers are now starting to find other work with less pay and fewer benefits [such as less or no paid health insurance].
What jobs are going to fill that vacuum now that both the manufacturing and technical sectors are gone?
The only people in this country that the "global economy" truly helps right now is those who make their primary living off of stock market trading, those getting a large percentage of their income in Corporate bonuses and those who deal in offshore investments.
The rest of Americans [about 80%] just get screwed as jobs go offshore, H1Bs come here, the Dollar depresses to RECORD lows and no longer is the Trading Standard and aggregate benefits reduce as companies continue to match US wage packages with their offshore packages.
Amazing that every other industrialized country has unions yet the US is the only one that seems to whine about them.
Apparently greed and Avarice are not part of the "Global" economy, just much more localized to the US.