A losing proposition for everyone save bosses and goons and their Democrat protectors.
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Nevertheless, union advocates of the card check bill are actually arguing that it will promote economic recovery. This is like arguing that heavy drinking before playing basketball will enhance your shooting percentage.
The facts about the performance of the economy under heavy unionism are just the opposite. For example, a 2007 study found that full time employees in the 10 states with the highest levels of unionization earned on average $3,400 less than in the 10 states with the lowest levels of unionization, adjusting for cost of living.
Moreover, during the decade ending in 2007, the 10 least heavily unionized states enjoyed an increase in private sector job growth of almost 20%, three times the 6.4% growth for the 10 most heavily unionized states. In December, 2008, the unemployment rate in the 10 least heavily unionized states was a combined 6.9%, compared to 8.0% for the 10 most heavily unionized states.
Similarly, data from the U.S. Administration for Children and Families for 2007 showed that residents of the 10 most heavily unionized states were three times more likely to be on welfare than residents for the 10 least heavily unionized states.
Workers are actually fleeing the most heavily unionized states for the least heavily unionized states, seeking opportunity and prosperity. From April 2000 until July 2008, the 10 most heavily unionized states lost 3.6 million residents, while the 10 least heavily unionized states gained 4,4 million residents.
This is the natural result to expect from the economics of union monopoly operation. Unions reduce total national income because of the inefficiencies they introduce, such as strikes, which reduce work, or counterproductive work rules, which unnecessarily increase production costs. But they cannot reduce the share of national income going to capital. Without adequate compensation, capital will leave the system until its compensation is restored. Less capital itself will reduce wages, because workers become less productive when they have less capital to work with.
This leaves a smaller pie of labor income to be divided up. Any higher compensation for union workers must then come at the expense of other workers, particularly those who lose their jobs when employers try to adjust to higher union costs by reducing their workforce. Or union workers may ultimately receive less in wages than non-union workers, as their companies decline because they cannot compete in the globalized world economy with the extra costs of unions, while non-union companies prosper and they are ultimately able to pay better wages.
This decline of unionized companies, along with all of the
reasons for workers to reject unions discussed above, is why the
unionized share of the private sector work force has declined
from 35% in 1954, to 23.6% in 1980, to just 7.6% today. The
economics espoused by union advocates tends to be infantile, with
silly notions of surplus profits lying around that unions can
grab without hurting the economy. It is sad that in the most
prosperous economy in world history, a true worker paradise with
opportunity abounding, the only way some can think of to get
ahead is through union lying, stealing, intimidation, violence,
and worse, much like the pirate gangs of centuries ago.
Fight Back For Worker Freedom
Polls show that 81% of voters believe that each individual worker should be free to decide whether to join a union, just as with all other private sector institutions. They oppose any requirement that any worker must join a union or lose his or her job. Only 17% support such forced unionism.
Conservatives and Republicans should not only oppose the enormously counterproductive card check bill. They should respond by supporting the principle that every individual worker should be free to decide whether to join a union. Right to work legislation embodying this principle has long been advanced by the greatly underappreciated National Right to Work Committee. We should join to support such legislation at both the state and national levels.
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