If it was so valuable people would choose to be in unions, and union membership wouldn't be mandatory.Unions perform or allow the same type of "Organized" employee services which the Chamber of Commerce does for employers.
It is a valued service.
People try to join unions all the time but the employer has huge resources (threats and retaliation) to defend against it.If it was so valuable people would choose to be in unions, and union membership wouldn't be mandatory.
Because corporations have no conscience, the shareholders decided that they were not going to pay the pensions and other obligations they made to workers since World War II. Corporations got too greedy and found a person in China who would act as slave labour.Unions were a valued service until they got greedy, forcing manufacturers to move their widget making facilities offshore.
Sharing economy came out of the idea to actually rideshare (digital hitchhiking), actually provide 'couch-surfing', etc. The problem is that a reliable service can't run on only scraps, and once there is any real economic incentive to do it, entrepreneurs will systematize it and make it more cost effective.Capitalism has innovated and found ways to avoid unions and regulation. They created a whole new industry which they branded with the cutesy, loving term "sharing economy" 💕 ... in fact, it's just old fashioned capitalism. But this time, the workers have NO protections, no job security, no pensions, no safety oversight, and they are subjected to cold hearted robotic dismissal (rankings & ratings).
In fact the companies barely acknowledge that the workers are employees. They're rebooted capitalism and left labour rights in the dust.
Young people today, the ones doing all these deliveries, driving unregulated taxis, etc, desperately need a union. Amazon warehouse employees desperately need a union.
There is an obvious free-rider problem if you can enjoy all the benefits of collective bargaining but not pay the dues. I'm not defending unions, just pointing out that it is not so simple.If it was so valuable people would choose to be in unions, and union membership wouldn't be mandatory.
In fact, mandatory union membership is a clear violation of our constitutional rights. But of course lefties don't care about human rights.
Secondly unions engage in a lot of political activities that are outside the scope of the labour relationship with employers.
You were incapable of performing your job but instead of stepping away and letting someone qualified take over you chose to organize illegal walkouts and then fraudulently use union funds to buy alcohol.You will never know how many illegal walk outs I orchestrated just because I could not tell the guy that there was nothing I could do for him and his family. One time the walk out was entering the second day and I had to go out and buy 40 large bottles of booze (union funds) and give them away so that the guys were too drunk to even think about work.
Sure, but the point remainsThere is an obvious free-rider problem if you can enjoy all the benefits of collective bargaining but not pay the dues. I'm not defending unions, just pointing out that it is not so simple.
You're mixing things.Our son is in construction for a big company. They are unionized, and do large government and commercial projects. All of the companies involved are required to have a unionized workforce to work on those projects. The government (or other entity) wants the assurance that the workers are well trained and qualified. The union ensures their workers at the jobs follow the safety rules and are trained and certified in the necessary areas. He spent last weekend working on the Gardiner Expressway in Toronto. The government doesn't want inexperienced, untrained non union workers on the projects for good reasons.
When somebody gets hurt or dies and the Ministry of Labour is involved, the company is God awful thankful to have the complete expertise of the union safety and health department to assist the company in defending itself against the onslaught of paperwork.The government doesn't want inexperienced, untrained non union workers on the projects for good reasons.
Hahahah, that's why they're fighting against free votes, and pushing to have union membership a mandatory condition for government contracts.So let people decide if they want to join a union or not ?
Fine with me. If they choose not to join, they can negotiate their own contract with the company.
I doubt people would fare very well in that scenario. The company could care less if they stayed or not.