“It’s a vicious cycle: as unions decline, fewer people see their fates as bound up with unions, which just accelerates the decline.” This is a tragedy when you consider two facts. First, “when unions are stronger the economy as a whole does better…and unions lift wages for non-union members too by creating a higher prevailing wage.” It’s ironic that the very corporate leaders who are so against workers organizing have spent billions organizing themselves to rig policy in order to inhibit union growth.
Unions are also instrumental in stabilizing the economy. If you look throughout America’s history, our economy (and everyone who was a part of it) did better when labor unions were at their strongest. “Once union membership started falling, the income divide grew. Since 1973 the drop in union membership accounts for a full third of the growth of wage inequality among men.” If unions disappear, who will act to defend the rights of workers?
If not unions, then what? - Baltimore Sun
Matt Vidal, a labor sociologist at King’s College London, said that his research clearly showed the most efficient, productive factories in the U.S. were union factories. Judging by this article, it’s clear that a unionless future only means an increase in (an already absurd) income inequality.
Workers of the World, Sit Tight - New York Times Magazine