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The institutional legitimacy of labor unions?
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Quote:Originally posted by MINCINGBEAST:
Recent events in Wisconsin got me thinking (which I am loathe to do, and intend to remedy with some bath salts momentarily) about Unions. Do Unions have any institutional legitimacy?
A generation or two ago, if you weren't in a Union yourself you knew someone who was. More importantly, you knew what Unions did (aside from BAWWING, draining the public coffers and giving corporations further incentives to move jobs over seas) and probably understood Unions to be a perfectly ordinary incident to capitalism. Now, chances are you aren't in a union, don't know anyone who is, and view them with mild disdain and befuddlement. Who are these pampered and unproductive relics of the past, and why should I care what happens to them?
I grudgingly believe that the rise in income inequality in America is related to the decline of Unions. Income inequality sucks; Unions suck, too. Most Unions that I am familiar with seem to operate under the assumption that it is 1906.
Anyway, do Unions have any legitimacy left? If not, how can they regain it, and what role can they play in American life, aside from being a favored scapegoat of entitlement?
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Quote:I grudgingly believe that the rise in income inequality in America is related to the decline of Unions.
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