From the mailbag: a reader reacts to my last post on unions:
I have some feedback for you on your article,”Why Bosses Hate Unions.”
I found it just a really poor piece of journalism. It was incredibly one-sided, pandering, and missed several key issues. Yes, union workers make more money than their counterparts, but that is not the only reason bosses (or more accurately shareholders) hate unions. Unions also:
– Decrease innovation
– Increase Administration cost
– Force non-related political issues into the workplace
– Increase costs of employment – union wages
– Reduce the ability to promote, demote and fire employees based on performance
This is one of MANY reasons why unions have fallen out of favor in our society. This is the main reason that public unions are increasing, vs private ones have shrunken – the feedback loop to results in the public sector is much smaller. (See hundreds of NY teachers being paid to do nothing)
Why didn’t you address this issues? Why didn’t you address the issues of increase competition due to globalization/technology? Why didn’t you further discuss the downsides of unionization and how many American’s perceive them to be out-of-date?
You didn’t because you are biased and a bad reporter.
Be less obtuse,