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The right-to-work dilemma
Washington Post, by Charles Krauthammer

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 12/13/2012 10:21:58 PM

For all the fury and fistfights outside the Lansing Capitol, what happened in Michigan this week was a simple accommodation to reality. The most famously unionized state, birthplace of the United Auto Workers, royalty of the American working class, became right-to-work. It’s shocking, except that it was inevitable. Indiana went that way earlier this year. The entire Rust Belt will eventually follow because the heyday of the sovereign private-sector union is gone. Globalization has made splendid isolation impossible. The nostalgics look back to the immediate postwar years when the UAW

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Davids918, 12/13/2012 10:32:49 PM     (No. 9064511)

Much of what the unions did for worker rights, labor laws and benefits have been achieved.

What more can they offer now?

Most need to have set-asides, prevailing-wage agreements, or some other special break provided by politicians to function or secure the work.

They live in the past. Trying to hang onto past glory-days.



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Reply 2 - Posted by: saguni, 12/13/2012 10:39:06 PM     (No. 9064523)

FTA: In right-to-work states, the average wage is about 10 percent lower.

Not in my personal experience, I once worked for a non-union company in an industry (heavy equipment operator) that was and is mostly unionized.

My company paid a little bit more, the health insurance was a little bit better with lower employee cost, and the company match for the pension was a little bit higher. Just so they would not have to deal with the union.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: oh-heck, 12/14/2012 12:17:16 AM     (No. 9064582)

GM and Ford split off their a lot of their component assembly operations to Delphi and Visteon. These spin-offs got legacy plants, union contracts, and company paid benefits packages. The combination of union pay, benefits, and rules was simply unsustainable. A Wall Street Journal article describes how the CEO of Delphi and the head of UAW saved the US auto industry by re-negotiating their contract. When the dust cleared, the Vandalia, OH site was the location that went from first on the list to close to most important to keep open. If Obama had followed the Delphi example, GM wouldn´t be seeking a second bail-out.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Trigger2, 12/14/2012 4:28:09 AM     (No. 9064707)

NY is a non-RTW state. The unions have successfully closed every major business it´s gotten its claws into. As a result, NY is in major decline. Do the demonrats ever learn? No, their focus is on grabbing those union dues to get reelected.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Old Army Vet, 12/14/2012 9:59:17 AM     (No. 9065103)

I was a union member when I lived in New York. The unions are the most corrupt organizations that I have ever been associated with. Nothing but money, money, money to keep power. If they don´t get their way, violence follows.

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