The most fundamental fact about labor unions is that they do not create any wealth. They are one of a growing number of institutions which specialize in siphoning off wealth created by others, whether they are businesses or the taxpayers.
There are limits to how long unions can siphon off money from businesses without facing serious economic repercussions.
Thomas Sowell, Union Myths, NRO, 8 March 2011
Congrats to Michigan for passing a right to work law. No person should ever be forced to pay union dues as a condition of working in their chosen field. It is nothing more than state sanctioned indentured servitude.
The most oft repeated myth about labor unions are that they created the middle class and that they protect the rights of workers. The reality is that our increasing productivity since the civil war created the middle class, and labor unions today are nothing more than parasites on the economy, in addition to being the piggy bank for the left. Labor union numbers have been dwindling for half a century because of market realities, and without government mandates, they will go extinct. There is a reason GM and Chrysler went bankrupt, while foreign car manufacturers with plants in the U.S. did not. And can you say "Twinkies?"
The great economist Milton Friedman gave a short lecture on unions and their lack of any role in the free market several years ago. It is worth taking a few minutes to watch.
And just as a reminder, the real threat to our nation today comes not from the dying private sector unions that ultimately are governed by markets, but public sector unions that are not so governed. To see the effects, one need look no further than California.
Updates & Related Posts:
Powerline notes that the NYT's coverage of the Michigan right to work law omits some of the relevant facts - such as all the ones that would make the unions look bad.
At NRO, a Hillsdale Prof. gives a short history of Right-To-Work, Unions & Trust-Busting.
From Michelle Malkin, a primer on union thuggery in the age of Obama.
From Nice Deb, the union thug violence in Lansing and the left's effort to cover-up, calling it a "false flag" operation. Many links.
Via Instapundit, Byron Preston at PJM notes that the MSM has been wholly silent on the violence, hanging their hat on the canard that the video taped violence by union thugs was a false flag.
From NRO, a discussion of Michigan's modest right-to-work reform and an analysis of why the unions and the Dems are ready to go to war over it:
Democrats are panicked by the spread of right-to-work reforms because the mandatory deduction of dues from the paychecks of public-sector employees provides the party’s financial lifeblood. There are not that many UAW members or Teamsters in the country, but there are legions of bureaucrats, school workers, and surly DMV clerks — and, through its relationship with the public-sector unions, the Democratic party has a direct pipeline into the pockets of practically each and every one of them. The shrieking in Michigan isn’t about workingmen’s wages, but campaign coffers. That is why there is blood.