Did they really do this?
I can’t speak for all the Bible-thumping, gun-toting, freedom lovers out there, but I would like share some of my thoughts regarding the so-called usefulness of labor unions.
1 – We have all heard it said that unions gave better wages. Did they really do this? Wages have increased considerably. That, however, is only one piece of the puzzle. From 1800-1933, the price of gold was consistently around $20 per troy ounce. Compare that to today’s gold prices which have been riding the $1,700 per troy ounce mark. Allow me to explain what everybody refuses to acknowledge. Back in the day, when the gold standard was still the law of the land, one could purchase a pretty large quantity of goods with $20. There is another difference between the times. Even though people made little to nothing, at least by our current standards, for the most part people were not wealthy, but they still lived well. Most people, unlike today, did not live on debt. Most households were able to manage with one income. They lived within their means. This is something that America needs to be reminded of on a regular basis. The unions were beginning to enter the scene in the latter part of that era. Higher wages ultimately lead to businesses needing to charge more for their services. Higher prices ultimately leads to inflation. Inflation ultimately leads to the collapse of currencies. When did the price of gold start going higher than the flat $20 per troy ounce? When did the unions come into the picture? I don’t know about everybody else, but I sure don’t believe in coincidence.
2-Another common argument is that if unions were to disappear, employers would not provide safe working conditions and safety equipment. What difference would having unions or not have on safety issues? You still have plenty of federal laws and regulations in place that address such things. OSHA is the big one, along with countless others that tailor to specific industry types.
3-16 hour shifts, really people? If I was an employer, in this day and age, that decided to demand 16 hour work shifts, 7 days per week, with no vacation, sick leave, and so on, I might as well put the for sale sign on my door right then and there because nobody is going to work for me. That would be the death blow for my shop. They will be seeking employment anywhere and everywhere else. Why would this happen? It would happen because somebody else would offer a 5 day work week, vacation time, and all the other benefits. It is a couple of long forgotten concepts that are referred to as competition and capitalism.
4-There are also a few of us conservative fascists left that do not wish to support causes of progressive movements and the politicians that wish to have absolute power over every aspect of our lives.
5-“The unions are the ones that blessed us with machinery.” Is this really the case? Keep in mind that business owners have understood the potential of machinery for a long, long time. Machinery allows products to be manufactured quicker and cheaper. Doing this much allows you to get more product on the shelves. Since you can produce the product cheaper, you can pass that savings down the line to the end costumer. This, in turn, raises your profit margin. In this case, less really is more.
6-There is always a need for entry level workers. The problem there is that the unions keep screaming about how they do not make enough and all sorts of other emotionally charged fantasies. The unions are the key players in the outsourcing game. The union cries out, “We need more money.” The business owner then responds by outsourcing his productions because if keeps utilizing union workers, his business is going to fail. Why will he go under? It is because he is unable to compete.
7-Am I saying that there are no bad people that run businesses? Of course not. I would like to think that most people have better things to do with their time than to torment their employees, just to have something to do.
Anthony Joseph Schabel