Saturday, January 14, 2012

Right To Work Versus Enforced Unionism

Here are some facts "readily available from sources such as the National Institute for Labor Relations Research:"

– private sector employees compensation growth in real dollars during the period 2000-2010 grew by more than 11% annually in right-to-work states, and by less than 1% in “forced unionism” states;

 – during the same period, growth in manufacturing GDP (in 2005 dollars) grew by 18.6% in right-to-work states against 8.3% in forced unionism states; and

 – private sector employees’ cost-of-living adjusted compensation was actually greater in right-to-work states than in forced unionism states in 2010.

It is long past time that the U.S. did away with "closed shop" (forced unionism) states for any profession, public or private. Being forced to join a union and pay dues just so that you can take a job in a particular profession is nothing more than state imposed servitude. And as we can see from the facts above, it poses a heavy drag on state economies. Read the entire article: In Right To Work Battle, Narrative Trumps Fact On NPR


Ex-Dissident said...
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billm99uk said...

Funny that you've got this one under the Thatcher post as it was her who kicked off the process of abolishing the closed shop and similar arrangements in Britain, although it was completed by later administrations. What's strange is that in the UK it was generally interpreted at the time as a move towards the 'American model' of industrial relations. Finding that such arrangements still go on in the US after all these years just seems very odd.

GW said...

Hello Bill:

We have 22 states that are right to work. It should be 50. Ms. Thatcher led you in the right direction on that one.

Actually, private sector unionism was well on its way to dying out in the U.S. until Obama stacked the National Labor Relations Board with the most radical unionists this side of Moscow. Now it is being forced back upon us like a plague. The reason is simple. Unions, private and particularly public, provide the majority of the economic base of the Democrat party. It as corrupting a system as one would find in a third world country.