There is no “union movement” in the United States, and
hasn’t been since the 1930s. Instead, what we have today is a union
establishment. One possessed of perks and privileges granted by New
Deal-era labor laws, including the power to coerce employees to pay dues (at
least in non-right-to-work states).
Furthermore, we have a labor establishment that has
abused its power (refer to Automakers, Big Three, former), with the
abuse growing even worse as unions have expanded into the public
sector. More than other institution, unions (and the
misguided and/or self-serving politicians who gave public employees the
privilege of collective bargaining) are responsible for creating a privileged
class of government workers who do much better than the
taxpaying population that supports them.
Indeed, that last abuse has contributed to the
creation of a real social movement, the Tea Party. Spat on and demeaned
by the government and union establishments, we’ll see if it has the mass and
persistence to bring about durable reform.
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