Don’t totally understand your point about Union saturation decreasing… I need to look into this more, but my reaction is that OF course it’s decreasing. The major unionized job forces (auto industry, steel workers, etc), due to not only the higher cost of Union-based and America-based workforces, but also making shitty cars and shitty products that were beat in both price, and often (but of course, not always) quality by overseas competitors, it seems to me it’s only evidence of a failed system - not something that is working and that should be INCREASED.
Blaming Unions for pushing Corporations into a corner, into a situation where they were helpless but to flee the Country is a joke.
Especially at a time when the wealthy in this country see 2 of every 3 dollars that exchange hands in the US. I should repeat that - cause it’s almost hard to wrap your head around, at least it is for me, the top 1% of wealthy people in the US took in 2 out of every 3 dollars, and the bottom 80% split the last 1 remaining dollar amongst themselves; and I’m supposed to get up in arms about Unions making off like bandits?
Unions don’t lobby for less-strict emission standards. Unions don’t practice the blanket purchasing of fuel-efficient tech’ and sit on those patents for years and years on end. Unions don’t write tax codes that quite literally reward generously the closing of US factories. Unions don’t fight for CEO pay to spin so dramatically out of balance that side-by-side the Robber Barrons look like bleeding-heart philanthropists. Unions don’t make decisions on what cars and trucks will hit the assembly lines; they don’t set the product quality standards either, that’s a top-down decision.
Not to mention - Unions have gone down, like I said before, from around the mid 20s to just shy of 10 percent - the comparison to overseas carmakers sound suggestive that there is at least a smaller percentage of Unionized workers, which is very wrong - the EU for example has about a 30 percent Unionized workforce in the Auto industry alone - yet, unlike the United States, which rewards laying off employees and closing the doors, the EU literally pays it’s Auto industry to remain open, retain it’s workforce, and compensates for demand in times of depression.
Strange then… the way one model of business seems to work so well, and one seems to fuck an entire Country’s worth of middle-class.
If people find Unions to be the root of a failed system - then those people aren’t looking very hard; or they are happy to repeat Union-bashing ideas that are the equivalent of… well, it’s late, and I’m having trouble coming up with a snappy example: but the mentality is a self-sabotaging one, similar to voting against your own interests, or cutting off your nose to spite your face.
Unions are responsible for everything from safe workplaces, workers comp’, min’ wage, weekends, time off, holiday pay, fire escapes, on and on and on and on… it’s so incompressible that they should be blamed for shipping jobs out of the Country… you look at what the banks were wrapped up in gambling with the auto industry’s pension plans and 401ks, and when the game fell apart, you have auto companies scrambling to cover their asses and weasel out of their end of a contract inked, in some cases, 40 years earlier - just so they can avoid having to pay for the consequences of their gambling.
All the while, there’s a chunk of this Country that still points the finger at Unions - the people who were screwed the hardest. Did you know the income disparity in this Country is wider now than it was in Egypt before the recent overthrow? And yet, Unions, people who are just holding onto what little is left of a living wage and a retirement plan are the root of all our problems?
That’s a rhetorical question :P