Member Rara Avis
Since 1990, labor unions have contributed over $667 million in election campaigns in the United States, of which $614 million or 92 percent went to support Democratic candidates.
So are you against campaign contributions, Mike? Or just those to the Democratic party? We both know, I think, that the Republicans almost always bring in more contributions than the Democrats.
Making a point that 7 out of ten top supporters of republicans are corporations, I would take as being complimentary to the republican party. Business and productivity made this country the greatest, richest and most powerful country in the world.
One might argue, Mike, that the big corporations would be helpless without a work force. Doesn't matter much, though, because it isn't the big corporations that have made America rich and powerful. That has always been the role of small business.
More importantly, of course, most people don't want to think of the country as being run by elitists. "Of the people, by the people, for the people" still has meaning for many, I think.
I looked for an answer to wondering why it is necessary to force workers to join a union and, although you touched on it, I didn't see a definitive answer there. Yes, the company voted on whether to join a union or not but, after implementation, the individual has no choice. Why is that right?
One might ask the same question about taxes, Mike. Or about unnecessary wars. It's funny how voting and democracy and stuff like that works. I think part of the problem in this country right now is what I would call the Sour Grapes Fringe. They're content to exercise their vote only so long as it gets them what they want. When it doesn't, they try to circumvent the vote and turn democracy into a con game. You don't seem to approve of the Democrats doing that in Wisconsin, Mike, so I'm a little surprised you would advocate essentially the same thing here. The workers made their bed. Now they have to sleep in it.
In my opinion, there's absolutely nothing wrong with unions or collective bargaining. Just as there's nothing wrong with charging a fair price for a service or product. Both, I believe, should be governed by a free market system. However, both are also too easily tainted by government interference. When prices are dictated by legislative decree, rather than supply and demand, things almost inevitably get out of whack. You want to put a brake on the construction industry? Rent control will do it every time. Similarly, when unions gain the bulk of their power from government mandates, things are going to get out of whack.
Unions have to be regulated by the government if collective bargaining is to have any bite. When unions are supported by the government, however, the bite too easily becomes lethal. If we are going to condone epic battles between labor and management, we can't give all the legal weapons to just one side.
The only thing wrong with unions is government. Workers should have the right to organize. It should NOT, however, be too easy, nor should they expect to win every battle just because government says they should. Collective bargaining is a right, not an entitlement.