Unionizing is like a foot in the door to socialism. Actually, the door is wide open and unions are standing in the doorway browsing freely. Unions represent what would be considered the good part of socialism. Most union members are still in denial about being socialism. Think about it. Everyone is paid the same in a specific job no matter how much they produce. That is certainly not free market. Oh, and the union tells your employer how much that should be. Unions negotiate strongly and with a heavy hand leveraged with all of the employer’s workers. They go for health care, vacations, sick time, pensions, disability, whatever they can get, and as much as they can get. This is certainly not to say that if not for unions negotiating more toward the workers, that any excess money the employer would have would not be mismanaged in some fashion. But then, it’s their money and their choice. The business owns the jobs.
In two short years, unions have dropped around twelve points in favorability.
The point of showing the drop in favorability for unions is that I think people are scared about socialism and now it’s becoming clear the degree to which unions resemble socialism. Also, as I said before, the unions have negotiated far beyond what the economy can now sustain. As I have learned throughout my life, any unbalanced negotiation will eventually unravel. There is a balance, but it’s important to understand that it’s not a static balance. Markets fluctuate, peoples moods change, regulations change the dynamic of supply and demand. Any number of things can affect the balance
Government unions are the biggest problem as I see it. Businesses out in the market depend on profit in order to keep promises made to unions that work for them producing. Unions know this and take the negotiations right up to the edge of the profit margins leaving just enough for the company to stay in business. Government unions have no such restrictions. The sky’s the limit as far as the government’s ability to lay and collect taxes. There’s no market force determining how far to reach when negotiating. It’s an arbitrary number.
The unions bus people with a union mandate to attend rallies, dispatch thugs to town hall meetings, provide oversight for any and all things political. (Leave us not forget that the SEIU was charged with servicing the electronic voting machines in Nevada during the 2010 election) Go to almost any political event and you’ll see a union presence. Not so much with the TEA Party though. Good.