I guess I'm kidding myself in thinking that I'm going to offend a bunch of my readers by writing this. I can probably name each liberal that reads this trash heap (probably only Jersey, and your readership and participation are very, very much appreciated). Anyway, since I haven't really stated my position on unions here, I suppose it's time I do so.
The inspiration for today's article comes from none other than Political Realities. Really, if you haven't visited there, I strongly urge you to do so. Larry is an excellent writer, and he takes a civilized approach to debate and discussion. Also, I contribute there from time to time =D
How do I feel about unions? Well, I think the original concept of the union was a good thing, but modern unions, in my opinion, are total horse shit for several reasons. We all should know why unions even came about in American history. During the Gilded Age, from about 1876-1900, workers were shit on pretty hard. Working conditions were extremely dangerous for many in manufacturing, and you were lucky to make a wage that could support your family.
I think everyone deserves a fair wage for the type of work they do. Does that mean that some guy at McDonald's should be paid as much as a doctor? No. Does that mean a janitor should be paid as much as someone that works in manufacturing? Absolutely not. And should businesses be pushed to make sure that conditions are safe? Absolutely.
But unions don't limit themselves to doing that. Nowadays, they've gained so much power that they're actually able to force a company to keep its facilities open, even if it's better for the company to move elsewhere. Why? Because unions operate under this warped perception that a business is not just responsible for treating its workers fairly, but it's responsible for providing jobs to the people.
What is the real purpose of a business? Why does anyone ever start a business? The answer is simple: to provide a particular good and/or service to consumers at the lowest price possible (depending on all sorts of market factors, of course). The jobs and the workers that fill them are just the means to the end. Jobs are not the goal of a business. No one creates a business because they just want to give someone work. In fact, a job that requires a human being is what a businesses wish they could do without.
Why? Because business is all about providing a product that is superior and/or cheaper than your competition. Why is Wal-Mart so successful? Because they can give the consumer the same products you can get at any other store, but at a cheaper price. If Wal-Mart had to pay every one of their employees $10 an hour, do you think they'd still be able to offer consumers those cheap prices? No. There's a cost to doing business, producing and distributing goods and what not. Part of that cost is how much you pay your workers.
It's tiring to listen to union people and liberals go on and on about how immoral it is for a business to close shop and set up somewhere else, as if they would do anything differently. If in your own household you would not do something that wastes money, because you want to have the most freedom to do with your revenue as you please, then why would you expect a business to be wasteful and inefficient?
Also, it's maddening that unions have such a tight grip on certain industries that you can't work in said industry unless you join its respective union. How fucking fascist is that? Oh right, everyone has a right to work . . . so long as you join our union. If you don't, then go fuck yourself, because in that case you DON'T have a right to work. You only have the right to work if the union says you do. Nevermind all that freedom and fairness stuff they talk about.
Larry wrote about how Boeing was stopped from moving their plant to another state because of a union. Of course they think it's unfair that their jobs are getting taken away, but who doesn't have to deal with that? If you're a doctor, you go into it knowing that the job market for it is pretty good, and you'll have good job security (because we always need doctors). If you go into teaching, you know your prospects are only as good as the demand for teachers in your district. If you go into an admin assistant job, you know you're a dime a dozen.
So if you go into a technology job or manufacturing, you have to understand that you may one day be obsolete. Technology is rapidly advancing, and manufacturing jobs are becoming increasingly mechinized because it's safer and cheaper. So just like everyone else, you have to deal with the market factors that affect your line of work. You're not special just because you and a bunch of other people say so.
And oh by the way, they also force you to pay dues every year. So the union bosses and what not are actually forcing you to give them a job and pay their wages. Funny how that works out, right?