Why Unions Are Doomed: 1

Some bloggers are now wondering if powerful unions would translate into a better deal for the average person. But the underlying problem few people ever mention is-

Unions would be popular and effective only if every working person was a member of some union or the other.

That is right, unions would ‘work’ only if their aggregate membership was universal. As long as some working people are excluded from the protection of union membership, there will always be enough resentment against unions for capitalists to use against them.

However unions, in their current form, have a fundamental problem.. they are exclusionary. Many of you might see that at odds with the stated policy of unions to expand their membership. But does it work that way? Unions want more members to get more dues and higher membership numbers, but as in the “Animal Farm” not all types of members are equal.

While I am not a big cheerleader for capitalists, unions in their current (and past) forms are not the answer. Neither entity benefits somebody like me.. or most of you.

Comments?

  1. March 8, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Strikers suffer the implicit assumption that the old status quo was worth saving. They will never enact real change. To create real change, better to retire.

  2. almost 40 yoV
    March 8, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Like every somewhat important organization, Unions are eventually infiltrated by “agents” of “the powers that wannabe”.
    Though I must say the US unions seem to be really crappy examples of the supposed ideal for proper organized worker unions.

  1. March 13, 2011 at 1:21 am

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