Seeing as we are going on the fourth week of watching Madison Wisconsin hosting upwards of 70,000 peaceful union protestors and multiple states taking advantage of the harsh economic climate to reduce workers to nothing more than wage slaves I thought it a good time to start a thread on organized labor in general. Other than me does anybody here have experience with unions? I grew up with them so I am somewhat surprised at times at how people view them. The ability to negotiate pay and benefits and arbitrate disputes is a major achievement that makes workers a partner with management, not a subject. Without an organization the individual cannot interface with management at any sort of parity. Good companies understand and encourage this.
Now the unions are energized, 70,000 people are camped out in 15f weather, even Michael Moore is shaking with anger (but that is kind of his default setting) and I wonder how many people are really buying this argument, union members make more money than non-union in almost every case, so let's not examine why wages have fallen over the past thirty years but instead try and reduce the pay for the union members.