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  •  Here's a simple way to think of it. (7+ / 0-)

    If your employer is underpaying you or fiddling with your hours to avoid paying OT and benefits.  What can you, as a single employee do about it?  You can ask for a raise but if your employer says no, you really have no power.  You can look for another job but, as a general rule, most companies in an industry will use the same employee practices so you probably can't do better.

    But if you have a union,  the union will negotiate fair pay and fair benefits for all the employees in your company.  If not, you can all walk out at once and picket in front of the company.

    If there is a strike, not only will the employees in your company walk off the job but employees at all the companies using your union will walk off too.  And, other unions may join in to show solidarity with your plight.

    Even if you don't have a union, if other companies in your industry are unionized, your employer will treat you better to encourage you not to unionize.  Just the existence of unions helps the entire workforce in the country.

    Without unions, the only people with power are the management.  You are at their mercy.

    •  I think it's kind of like the lotto fantasy (2+ / 0-)
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      GMFORD, Benintn

      You know, how some non-wealthy people don't support raising taxes on the rich because they are secretly convinced that one day they will win the lottery.

      In the same way, I think a lot of people think they can get ahead of their coworkers on an individual basis - merit pay, merit raises, bonuses for good work, other perks - and don't want to give that (fantasy) up.  They'd rather make more individually than see everyone get fair pay and benefits.

      •  Been there. (1+ / 0-)
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        Alfonso Nevarez

        I saw myself as upwardly mobile at one time but as I got older I discovered I did not have it in me to go into upper management.  I just can't claw my way over the backs of my co-workers and friends, lie, cheat, steal their ideas and call them my own, etc.  I've been on the receiving end of those kinds of things but I could never do it to someone else.

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