UNIONS, the Good, bad and Ugly

Information form the Labor Bureau states…

The first national labor unions gained strength in the 1820s. During this time, workers banded together to reduce the working day from a grueling 12 hours to a more manageable 10 hours. In 1866, the Nation Labor Union persuaded Congress to cut the workday down to today’s eight hour standard.  (American Federation of Labor (AFL), founded in 1886)

Companies who want to use NON union vendors, why cant they if the wages and benefits are the same.
17 million union members, (Bureau of statistics). 17 million union members however… there were also More public sector employees (7.9 million) belonged to a union than did private sector employees (7.4 million),  despite there being 5 times more wage and salary workers in the private sector.
     –Workers in education, training, and library occupations had the highest unionization rate at 38.1 percent.
In 2009, 7.9 million public sector employees belonged to a union, compared with 7.4 million union workers in the private sector. The union membership rate for public sector workers (37.4 percent) was substantially higher than the rate for private industry workers (7.2 percent). Within the public sector, local government workers had the highest union membership rate, 43.3 percent. This group includes workers in heavily unionized occupations, such as teachers, police officers, and fire fighters. Private sector industries with high
unionization rates included transportation and utilities (22.2 percent), telecommunications (16.0 percent), and construction (14.5 percent). In 2009, low unionization rates occurred in agriculture and related industries (1.1 percent) and financial activities (1.8 percent).

A Zogby Poll conducted in 2005 found that only 16 percent of employees said they would definitely vote for union representation compared to 38 percent who said they would definitely vote against. When you combine those who would definitely and probably vote for a union compared to those would definitely or probably vote against a union the numbers were 36 percent for and 56 percent against with the rest undecided.
 
Do Unions server the same purpose as they did in the 1800.
 
Some of us think they go to far.
They are still needed in some areas and in some industry
But in today’s economy they may be problematic.

 

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