Pros and Cons of Unions?
May 6, 2012 7:12 AM Subscribe
How do the pros and cons of labor unions really add up?
posted by Fists O'Fury to work & money (37 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
My dad was a member of the machinists' union, and his line, basically, was that the union was the worst thing there was, except for the company. I've also long been impressed by the horrible conditions in the American coal fields before unionization. My one brief notable encounter with union workers during a summer job, OTOH, involved watching one of them bitch out a mail room worker for sweeping up a bit of dirt, on the grounds that that was union work. I now find myself often being sermonized to by my (reasonable yet) Republican businessman friend about the evils of unions. Although I present the other side of the argument, I realize that I have neither adequate theoretical/historical knowledge here, nor adequate personal experience to make a really informed judgment.
So: any MeFites out there have either the requisite theoretical/historical knowledge or extensive personal experience to enlighten me on this subject?
tl;dr: how do the pros and cons of labor unions really add up?