Are Labor Unions still necessary?
In the past Labor Unions have been credited with such worker rights as yearly raises, set minimum pay, maternity leave, vacation pay, and set daily and weekly hours of work. Today many opponents of Unions argue that they have gotten too powerful and are an hindrance to job growth.
YES unions are still necessary! If it weren't for unions today employers would be running wild and taking every advantage of the workers. Union contracts help keep a good balance in today's working world. Look at how many non-union workers don't have job security, and can't even get 40 hours a week much less benefits at places like WalMart and McDonald's. I'm not answering this question to argue and I've had my word, and if you are happy with a non-union job then that's great, however I'm a Teamster to the grave.
I believe that unions are still necessary to go to bat for the employees. Unfortunately, they are loosign their "teeth" in some places. I speak only of teaching where there's a union and the union has not really been able to do very much for the teachers except ensure a modicum fo job security while wages are frozen and work loads increase.
Yep, there is a place for labour unions, as soon as any society gets rid of them the employers would drag any country back to the oppressive working conditions of the 19 c. We have employers 'unions' but no one seems to batt a eyebrow at their existance. It is a truism that employers want to make the most product with the lowest cost, and sell at the highest price they can get away with; all think what a wonderful idea, but as soon as employees want a fair slice of the cake everyone paints them as the big bad wolves.
No. And unions in the civil service are gouging tax payers.
I think Labor unions do still play a part in negotiating rates and rights for workers which are lost if an employee is not with a trade union. Trade unions are still strong and leading. In face in many of Europe's economies Labor Unions are still very powerful and are often the loudest voice lobbying for the rights of workers.
Tennessee where I live, is a "right to work state", In essense this means if the company you work for doesn't have a union in place to protect you they can pretty much do what they want. An example: the company my husband works for started something new. It's a transportation company. If a driver has what is deemed a preventable accident then their branch mgr. will also be held accountable and they will both be fired. I couldn't believe this was legal. So, I called the Labor Board and asked them. I found out that it is legal because there is a "right to work state".
by Dan Harmon 9 years ago
I believe that labor unions were a virtual necessity in years past - they helped correct deplorable and disgusting conditions in the workplace. But are they necessary, or even desirable, in modern America?There is little doubt that there are still workplaces in this country that are in need...
by lady_love158 8 years ago
http://hotair.com/archives/2011/03/22/f … w-capital/Yeah sure the unions are for working Americans! No! They are the new radicals the subversives that wish to destroy this nation rather than give up on their grip of the American tax payers' purse! These people are as evil as their socialist...
by JON EWALL 8 years ago
Are UNIONS THE ANSWER to the problems we face in our country today?Public sector unions altho related are different than private sector unions.
by Wayne Brown 8 years ago
How have labor unions impacted the demographics of the USA?
by Fred Arnold 4 years ago
There has been some interesting moves by the Republican majority in many states to push through right-to-work legislation. This would cripple unions in a lot of ways. Are you for or against right-to-work? http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2 … ttack.html
by Josak 7 years ago
Wages have not been keeping up with the cost of living for a long time now in the US and the primary reason is the weakening of the unions, the problem really began during the presidency of Ronnie the union buster Reagan, unions began to lose ground against other movements and many were in fact...
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