The reason why unions are so poisonous is that it has lost its place in America. At some point unions went from fighting for Justice to just fighting. They no longer serve a purpose and their leadership isn’t about doing the right thing for their workers, but trying to justify their existence. Whether it is appropriate or justified for workers to get a raise or an increase in benefits, union leaders extort pay increases or expanded benefits for their membership. And, most union members don’t know enough or are brainwashed enough to believe that they deserve whatever it is that the unions can extort from the investors (owners). If you think that I have no clue what I’m talking about, look at the history of unions and the automotive industry or the airline industry, and take a look at what it did to Hostess Brands (the parent of Twinkies). In modern America, where there are worker protections and rights, watch dogs and groups, ambulance chasers, whistleblowers and other individuals and organizations that monitor corporate behavior, it is difficult for companies to mistreat entire groups of workers — having said this, it isn’t difficult for companies to mistreat individuals — who unions are supposed to be protecting. In addition, the “us vs. them” mentality that the union leadership continues to push is damaging and ruining the productive and seamless relationship that needs to exist among all of the workers (including white and blue collar workers, management and owners) for the USA to reassert ourselves as the dominant economic force in the world.
One of the most important things that our country must do to remain the greatest economic power in the world is to innovate. However, the “us vs. them” attitude that is being encouraged blocks a lot of the feedback loop that workers “on the line” can contribute. Also, due to suspicion between “management” and “hourly workers,” it is almost impossible to develop a cooperative atmosphere that we need to innovate, experiment, and challenge the world in order to remain THE economic superpower. Therefore, it is imperative that we break down these walls and barriers and foster a cooperative working environment. For this to happen, we have to all be on the same page and know where we are headed, why, what the risks are and what the payoff will be.
For this to be achieved, we must all be compensated the same way from CEO to the newest member of the production line or service counter. Owners and the board-of-directors of every company must get together with management and all of the individual group heads and representatives and figure out how to divide up the profit along a percentage basis so that everyone can work towards a common goal. This will foster a cooperative relationship among all groups in a company, communications can flow without suspicion and each group can be free to decide for themselves how to most efficiently allocate their resources so that they can be the most productive. By fostering cooperation and throwing everyone into the same boat, everyone will sink or swim together, profit or lose together, which then aligns everyone’s future together. This is the only way we should operate businesses, particularly global businesses. This should be the new business model for the 21st century; we no longer need unions, and haven’t needed them for at least 3 or 4 decades. More than anything else, we need to foster cooperation and a common purpose, which then should be use to reach a common goal: Innovation. And, innovation is the key to a prosperous economic future for all.
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