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09-16-2004, 06:03 PM
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Originally Posted by H/H
Some good points, but the thing is, if they disappeared you can be dead certain that many of the things workers have fought for over the last 100 years would probably disappear quite fast.

Not necessarily. This modern era of business is quite different from past years. Sure, if there were no unions, some management teams would resort to archaic methods. But all it takes are a few that don't to keep the bad ones honest. In a free market system, if you don't like who you work for, work for someone else. It sounds simple and, while it has certain levels of friction built in, it remains simple. If Company A drops all employee benefit packages/programs and lowers wages, then Company B could easily make themselves a viable company by feasting on the desirable employees of Company A and offering them higher wages plus benefits. Company A would either be forced to produce an inferior product at a lower cost with their depleted and hapless staff, or they would be put out of business. The idea of treating your employees as your most valuable asset isn't new, but it only reached the mass-adoption stage a decade or two ago. While I'm sure Unions had their say in it's development, their time, as a power, has long sinced passed. You can see it in Union membership numbers and you can see it in CBA battles throughout industries. The Union is dying because it's members don't deem it as necessary as it once did. This reliance on Unions has faded significantly in the past few years and there is no reason to think it will not continue.

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