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  •  They can't support small family shops (1+ / 0-)
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    Unions cannot support small shops, family shops, co-ops and self employed because the cost and pay structure undermines the so called "prevailing wage".    

    Unions do what they can to obstruct small companies and independents from working on union job sites.  

    I know this from personal experience as part of a worker owned co-op many years ago.   The unions blocked our participation on many projects because we did not have a classic "payroll".  We used a system of credits and divided up job earnings based on the credits of each member.  Most members earned the same number of credits per hour, but inexperienced people earned less.   Top earners only got 30% more than the lowest earners.    None of us earned at Union Scale.

    The union rep actually told us that a Union could not possibly represent workers in a Coop because there were no private owners except the workers themselves.   He thought we were undermining the whole principle of Labor organizing for more power.    

    We figured that all workers should strive to own their own business , or be part of a coop, not to work for someone else.

    •  My observations are different than that (0+ / 0-)
      Unions do what they can to obstruct small companies and independents from working on union job sites.  
      A lot of small construction companies are signed up with unions. A lot of owners run their own equipment. That's in construction, not sure what industries you are talking about.

      Where are all the jobs, Boehner?

      by Dirtandiron on Sun Sep 15, 2013 at 07:49:06 PM PDT

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