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  •  I totally get that, (0+ / 0-)

    but I think that unions give the government an out.  All workers should be protected, not just unionized ones.

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    by DrJeremy on Tue Aug 03, 2010 at 12:46:23 AM PDT

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    •  What you're describing is a guild, not a union. (8+ / 0-)

      Unions have a natural inclination to work for the workers in their industry, not for their members. (If they achieved benefits only for their members, they rise the incentives to de-unionize for the owners/ employers, i.e. making it harder for themselves in te long run. Not smart.)  

      Of course, in a generally union-hostile society as the USA (as opposed to the Northern and Western European countries) unions have to beware of too many 'freeriders' - they have to have a minimum membership to stay operational and be able to exert some influence (e.g. for calling a strike)

      Therefore, they continuously urge working people to become unionized - you really don't expect them to go out and say: "Please, do nothing, don't risk anything, we'll do the fighting for ya!" Still, they understand that some workers have it harder than others to organize (Wal-Mart et al) - and they practice solidarity with these workers by fighting for a Public Option, just to name a recent example, or have you forgotten the huge rallies the unions held in support of the measure?

      "The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it." Karl Marx, Theses on Feuerbach XI

      by aufklaerer on Tue Aug 03, 2010 at 01:18:13 AM PDT

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