How does one oppose a “right to work?”
Well, if you’re wondering, just take a gander at what is happening in Michigan.
The Democrats will be the first to tell you “elections have consequences”, usually followed by ” … and Obama won”. Well the same can be said of state level elections and in the case of MI, the GOP won. In fact, they won everything at the state level, enough to pass “right to work” legislation which essentially says one doesn’t have to join a union to work.
The unions, of course, pitched a tantrum.
And, now that he’s solved all the nation’s problems, balanced the budget, reduced the deficit and has long-term debt on a downward trend, President Obama has weighed in on this situation:
“President Obama has long opposed so-called ‘right to work’ laws and he continues to oppose them now,” said White House spokesman Matt Lehrich. “The president believes our economy is stronger when workers get good wages and good benefits, and he opposes attempts to roll back their rights. Michigan — and its workers’ role in the revival of the US automobile industry -– is a prime example of how unions have helped build a strong middle class and a strong American economy.”
The union’s “role in the revival of the US automobile industry”?!
Is he kidding? It is the unions which essentially helped make two of the big three financially unsustainable. Remember, GM and Chrysler went bankrupt and had to be bailed out. And the federal government screwed with the bankruptcy proceedings and handed a large portion of GM to the union while stiffing bond holders.
That’s the “prime example” in reality.
And the president’s “belief” that our “economy is stronger when workers get good wages and good benefits” doesn’t mean those things only happen with unions. Apparently, in right-to-work states, unions continue to lose out when they try to organize because workers are getting both good wage and benefits and seem happy with their situation. What they don’t see is a benefit to unionizing – i.e. paying dues to a union which will be unlikely to do any better.
Finally, how is allowing someone to choose whether or not to join a union “rolling back rights?”
I knew Obama wouldn’t be able to stay out of state level politics, given his base and their demands. The Democrats have become the party of unions. Private unions are dying off and they’re getting pretty desperate. First WI and now MI? My goodness, can NY and IL be far behind? How dare the GOP give workers the right to chose not to join a union as a prerequisite to working. For a party that brags about being the party of choice, other than one particular choice they champion, the Democrats are pretty much opposed to all others.
Unions are the buggy whip of the latest evolution in labor. Improved communications, a global economy and the realization that businesses have options as well have made unions an anachronism. Reality and economics say labor is a commodity – a factor of production. What labor is increasingly realizing is that the jobs they have can be exported or, given today’s technology, mechanized when costs exceed their worth. Wages are leveling out and in today’s economy, the demands that were once commonly made by unions are no longer economically feasible. But additionally, bad companies can no longer exist in the dark of a communications vacuum and pay and treat their workers poorly without there being repercussions. Competition drives wages and benefits as well or better than unions ever did.
It’s a different world. Unions are 19th century holdovers.
Time they shuffled off into Obsolete-land where they belong.