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Yes I agree that Scott Walker is one of the most anti-union governors. It is a personal obsession with him to kill off the unions in the Wisconsin public sector. He fancies himself some kind of "big shot" and panders (sucks up is a better word) to corporate gurus like David Koch.
And Glenn Beck's rantings are indeed comical if it wasn't for the fact that so many people listen and absorb what he is saying. Beck and Limbaugh and certain Fox News pundits sell a product for profit...they are purveyors of hate and rage. They only care about themselves and money and do not care about the harm on society that they are creating...like a festering wound that they keep putting salt in. In a sense they are planting the seeds of fascism in this country as evidenced by the appalling number of people, mostly Tea Party puppets, that identify with big corporations (hence the anti-unionism) while at the same time hating "big government."
Ditto on your remarks. Labor laws are carefully written and do indeed make America a better workplace. We can thank unions for that even if you are not employed in a union workplace because they set the market standard in benefits when hiring good people. And yes there is a cost to the corporations in terms of the salaries and benefits they pay out, but there is also payback as their own employees are also their customers. Henry Ford said something along those lines. An economy that consistently sends a bigger and bigger portion of productivity gains to the top CEOs will eventually find that the workers cannot afford the products and services that they sell.
Lawrence Mishel of the Economic Policy Institute has published some papers on the value of unions. Here are two of them worth reading:
Lawrence Mishel and Matthew Walters, Economic Policy Institute, August 26, 2003: How unions help all workers
Lawrence Mishel, Economic Policy Institute, August 29, 2012: Unions, inequality, and faltering middle-class wages
I highly recommend both. Mishel's first paper covers how unions have a substantial impact on the compensation and work lives of both unionized and non-unionized workers....the unions’ effect on wages, fringe benefits, total compensation, pay inequality, and workplace protections. I'll just mention a few conclusions from the study:
1. The impact of unions on total nonunion wages is almost as large as the impact on total union wages.
2. Unions reduce wage inequality because they raise wages more for low- and middle-wage workers than for higher-wage workers
3. The most sweeping advantage for unionized workers is in fringe benefits. Unionized workers are more likely than their nonunionized counterparts to receive paid leave, are approximately 18% to 28% more likely to have employer-provided health insurance, and are 23% to 54% more likely to be in employer-provided pension plans.
Mishel's more recent second study above looks at how as union membership has declined in the last decade, inequality in this country has grown. There is a correlation.
"The last decade has also been characterized by increased wage inequality between workers at the top and those at the middle, and by the continued divergence between overall productivity and the wages or compensation of the typical worker. A major factor driving these trends has been the ongoing erosion of unionization and the declining bargaining power of unions, along with the weakened ability of unions to set norms or labor standards that raise the wages of comparable nonunion workers."
These are just a few extracts from both studies. These two studies are scholarly and factual. They are good resources if you want to argue unions with your co-workers, friends or relatives on the benefits that unions have had on all workers. The anti-union mentality in this country is not born of personal experiences but rather of a propaganda campaign by corporate oligarchs that cherry pick a few anecdotal examples of unions overreaching...and use them to invoke fear...fear of losing your job.