Less Unions Equals Less Organized Crime
Unions have a long history of association with organized crime (Abadinsky, 2003). The infamous ties between unions and organized crime were brought to the limelight during the late 1950s and early 1960s by Jimmy Hoffa, the leader of the Teamsters (Abadinsky, 2003). Unions still exist today and they primarily serve as extortion channels for organized crime. The modern workforce has changed significantly since the era of Jimmy Hoffa. Workers today have many more employment opportunities and better working conditions. Employers now must pay workers a minimum wage and many labor laws exist that govern employee treatment. With rare exception, today’s industry sectors do not need unions. One exception to this rule is the medical industry. A union for the medical industry is necessary to help physicians collectively fight insurance companies to ensure patients receive the best care, despite the business impact on insurance companies’ profit margins. The majority of unions are simply organized crime business ventures and must be abolished.
Government intervention is required to abolish unions. The government must take measures to make unions illegal. This is a difficult undertaking since unions have been embedded into numerous industries for decades. The government must develop a plan of attack, designed to first target unions known to associate heavily with organized crime. The plan to abolish unions cannot be instantaneous, but must have numerous phases to slowly phase out unionized employees from their industries. Although unions are legal arms of organized crime, illegal unions exist as well. The government must ensure the abolishment of legal unions does not cause a proliferation of illegal, underground unions (Abadinsky, 2003).
Another vital part to the government’s plan to abolish unions is employee education. Employees must be educated on labor laws and human resource regulations. Employees must understand how to utilize government channels that exist to report employee abuse. Employee education must include an emphasis on self reliance. Many union employees have become accustomed to having the union take care of them by handling negotiations with management, resolving workplace issues, etc. Employees must understand self reliance and realize if they do not like a job, they can simply quit and find another one more suitable for their situation. The burden of maintaining employment transfers from the union to the employee. This empowers the employee by allowing him to barter directly with management.
Organized crime and unions go hand-in-hand. Unions are simply a semi-legal method for organized crime to extort businesses. The government must develop a plan to rid the country of unions tied to organized crime. Workforce education on labor laws and self reliance is also important. A phased approach and well thought-out plan for union abolishment must be implemented to sever union hands feeding organized crime.
Referene: Abadinsky, H. (2003). Organized crime (7th ed.). Belmont, CA: Thomson/Wadsworth Learning.