[quote="jjdrury81, post:5, topic:204547"]
The laws that have been established are weak, easily avoided by employers and offer little in the way of respect, dignity or democracy in the workplace.
If you pulled the 'threat' of unionization out of the equation companies would stop following the meager labor laws that we have to the small extent that they currently do.
Everyone deserves the raise. The union worker has just decided to bargain collectively for that raise. Unfortunately, radical right wing extremists and corporate interests have made it virtually impossible for most Americans to join a union and do the same.
This might have been true decades ago. In my part of my state, where almost nothing is unionized, unemployment is much lower than it is in the unionized portions of the state, and people live just as well here as they do there; perhaps better. Unions are not what drive wages here, it's the availability of labor, particularly skilled labor. If you're at all good at what you do, you won't want for work, and you won't starve doing it, either.
Laws protecting workers are more protective now than they were during the height of union membership, and most of them were enacted while union membership was declining. I think it's a stretch to say that unions are responsible for them.
Unions now are all about drawing a circle around a particular group of workers and using political influence to obtain for them things that are not intended by them to be available to other workers. But is it really successful? I am aware of unionized plants where the workers make less than non-union plants of the same kind. Those union people are paying their dues for nothing. It's hardly a secret that many highly unionized companies have failed in this country in recent years, and a good part of that is due to the unreasonable burdens the unions have extracted from those companies, but became unsupportable when economic conditions changed.
Unionization is almost a cultural thing, it seems to me. And, in truth, (as here) non-unionization is virtually cultural as well. Those who believe in unions will defend them with they dying breath, even if they can't find work. Those who don't, just don't.