Unions need to keep workers' employers viable

2013-09-06T00:00:00Z Unions need to keep workers' employers viable nwitimes.com
September 06, 2013 12:00 am

Ross Perot once commented, "If your company has a union workforce, it probably deserves it."

Unions were originally formed to counter the power of monopolies. The unions accomplished this by persuading the government to grant the unions monopoly powers. Instead of fixing the real problem of monopoly abuse, unions and government chose to co-opt the abusive power for themselves.

It is the nature of progress that companies go out of business. Would we all be better off if -- in the interest of "saving jobs" -- we protected the typewriter and buggy whip industries by making personal computers and automobiles too expensive for us?

The best managed companies understand this implicitly and are constantly striving to find ways to make their own products obsolete -- before their competitors do.

If unions want to grow and become relevant again, they need to dispense with the "more money for less work" mantra.

- Michael Haluska, Crown Point

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