I have never been a fan of unions, I think they are counterproductive to a business being successful; don’t get me wrong, unions had a purpose in the past, but not so much today. In the past, unions were created to protect the workers, but that is not really a necessity today because today every state has a Labor Division and the U.S. Congress passes laws that protect workers and their rights, Unions are no longer there to protect the workers just to decrease the amount of workers and increase the amount that is paid to those working. As someone who has ran his own company for many years, here is my thought; if I hire you to do a job at $12 an hour and you agree to this prior to taking the job, I should not have my business hijacked because you decide to go on strike a few months from now because you want to make $18 an hour. You agreed to $12 if you didn’t want that, than you shouldn’t have taken the job, if your situation has changed and you are not happy or able to survive on that amount, than find another job. While most companies will give promotions and pay raises for those doing good work, they are not required to do so, they only have to pay what they agreed to. They are not required to raise your salary, or your vacation days, or the benefits that you get; only what they agreed to when they hired you. If you are not happy; quit, find another job, start your own company, whatever works.
Yes I have heard all of the arguments before; if someone is working for a company for 25 years, it is going to be difficult for them to move on and not lose money. But let’s face it, most companies take fairly good care of their employees, there are labor laws in place to protect them, at the end of the day it is all about the money, and I won’t be budged from my point of view that an employer only owes you what he agreed to at the time of hire. Most people have no idea what it takes to run a company and the costs that are involved. Another good point is if I am unhappy with a worker, I should be able to terminate their employment, I should not need to speak to a union rep to do so, it’s my company. Unions are what brought General Motors to its knees, and then the tax payers had to bail them out.
So again, what do Unions do? They harm the economy, that’s what they do. They collapse industries, they restrict the number of employees that companies can hire, and that is just the tip of the iceberg. Check out the article written by The Heritage Foundation on Unions What Unions Do: How Labor Unions Affect Jobs and the Economy
I think that every state should be like the State of Nevada which is a work to right state, which means that while there are unions in Nevada, they have very little power and employers have much more power, they can terminate someone without giving a reason, why? Because it’s their company, if they don’t like someone or think they are not a good fit, for whatever the reason is, they should have the right to not have that person involved in their business. They should not owe anyone an explanation, it’s their company, their decision, end of story.
I encourage any comments to this article, especially by those who run their own companies…