All of those nonunion workers who constantly rant against organized labor should instead thank their lucky stars for their union counterparts.
If it weren’t for the union workers, nonunion working men and women would be making considerably less wages.
It is a fact that in states where unions are strong, wages of all workers—union and nonunion—are higher. For example, in free bargaining states workers earn about $5,538 more annually ($44,707 compared to $39,169) than those in so-called right-to-work states, where union organizing is limited by law.
Fortunately, though, in right-to-work nonunion workers also benefit from unions because wage standards in all states are set by prevailing union wages.
To compete with unionized companies in securing proficient workers, most employers of nonunion labor in all states try to keep wages competitive with the wages paid by unionized companies
Even so, wages of all workers have diminished for many years. Employers know the reason why. They laugh all the way to the bank. Workers, though, mostly look at their pay checks and shake their heads.
The reason is that unions are weaker now than they have been since World War ll. Organized labor now represents less than 12 percent of the nation’s workers, split about 50-50 between the public and private sectors. In the 1950s, 35 percent of all U.S. workers were represented by unions.
The downward wage spiral began in 1980 after Ronald Reagan was elected president. He and his economic advisors determined that money accumulated at the top should only “trickle down” to those on the middle and lower rungs of the economic ladder.
This economic plan has allowed those at the top to hoard money for years. They
claim to be “job creators,” but that is pure, unadulterated BS.
If they were creating jobs, our unemployment rate would not be at about eight percent. And they wouldn’t be exporting manufacturing jobs overseas, screwing thousands of American workers out of good paying jobs, while pocketing record profits.
Even people with pea brains should understand what that has done to the middle class. When workers earn less, they buy less. When they buy less, employers seek to cut labor costs to maintain profits. Catch 22.
If wages continue to diminish, corporations will eventually find it difficult to sell their products. Nobody will have the money to buy them. That is now beginning to happen. It will eventually eliminate the middle class if something isn’t done about it.
There is a proposal in the marketplace of ideas that would provide a lot of medicine for the ailing U.S. economy.
It is enactment of the Employees’ Free Choice Act (EFCA).
Making it easier for working men and women to unionize would quickly result in higher workers’ wages, thus injecting more money for goods and services in the economy. The increasing demand for thee commodities would, in turn, create new jobs.
But it won’t happen in my lifetime, unless:
• All workers—union and nonunion—finally decide they will work in their own best interest.
• Republicans begin to act as serious legislators rather than circus clowns.
• Democrats grow a pair and take a real stand for workers, such a federal labor law reform.
• The public begins to consider serious problems with more profundity than talking points provided by special interests.
Fat chance, I’d say.