Fat Steve's Blatherings

Monday, July 25, 2005

Union Trouble

      Via Drudge and Betsy's Page, these two stories of four of the biggest unions getting ready to walk out of the AFL-CIO.

      My daddy was a strong union man, and though I've never been a union member, I've come to appreciate the good they can do under some circumstances.

      The problem is, unions defined there mission as 1) Getting more; and 2) Opposing management.  Alas, there are limits on how much you can get, and sometimes management is in the right, and shouldn't be opposed.  Peter F. Drucker used to suggest that unions should acquire some positive functions: run the cafeteria, run the pension fund (although the teamsters argue against that), administer the health plan, whatever, but get themselves something to do that doesn't necessarily oppose management or cost more money.

      About all that's left of the union movement today is public sector unions, some big old companies on the edge of bankruptcy, and work that employs mostly illegal aliens. As it is, I think the union movement is going to just keep withering away.  And I don't like that.  Unions served a purpose, and someday we'll need them again.



  • I would like to see you expand on the Unions could be useful again sometime theme. Having killed all the for profit companies where they are entrenched, their only base is government - unfortunately the Japanese are not willing to compete in government services. Even the airlines - many of which are employee-owned are dying because of labor costs.

    By Blogger Ralph, at 8:57 AM  

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