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Big Unions Angle to Eliminate Small Ones
Publius' Forum ^ | 3/8/09 | Warner Todd Huston

Posted on 03/11/2009 6:25:20 AM PDT by Mobile Vulgus

We've talked about it several times here on the blog; the hostile takeover of smaller unions. It has been Andy Stern's main modus operandi (President of the Service Employees International Union or SEIU). The idea is to roll into the territory of a local, smaller union, make back room deals with the employers to get their assistance, and then lead a forced take over of that smaller union eventually to vote it out of existence. Thereby the little unions that might stand in the way of the mega unions are eliminated and the mega unions now controlling everything from the top down get more even more massive.

It's a perfectly legitimate strategy, of course... except for the fact that it makes the lie to every purported "principle" that unions claim to have. Local control becomes dashed and democracy summarily eliminate, yet local control and democratic process are the central themes of unionism. Without them they are little different than the supposedly evil corporate maters bent on domination that union claim their employers are. If a union member cannot feel that his local representatives are actually there for him then that impersonal attitude is no different than uncaring masters of industry.

Yet, this strong-arm takeovers of smaller unions is the current rage among big unions. And it is being noticed...

Read the rest at Publiusforum.com...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: economy; unions
Unions will wreck this country worse than it is.
1 posted on 03/11/2009 6:25:21 AM PDT by Mobile Vulgus
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To: Mobile Vulgus

The smaller unions are more likely to look out for the interests of the employees. The larger unions see the employees as pawns in the “big game”. If the union can use one local’s strike to destroy a business (and put that local’s employees permanently out of work) as a warning to other businesses, they will do it. A small union could never do it.


2 posted on 03/11/2009 6:42:46 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Obama: removing the speed limit on the Road to Serfdom)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

SEIU = ACORN! Same people, same corruption!


3 posted on 03/11/2009 7:04:11 AM PDT by WellyP (obama must go!)
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To: KarlInOhio
Strong central union cartels destroyed the domestic Steel industry, Bankrupted all the airlines,  and now the domestic Automotive industry.  It is fascinating that foreign owned manufacturers can build internationally competitive products in North America in non CAW/UAW plants but the legacy manufacturers can’t.  The hallmark of these problems is the Big Union.  The power of a union is disproportional in capital intensive industries.  Large corporations with enormous capital investments are saddled with large cash flow obligations unrelated to labor costs.  If there is a strike, the union forgoes revenue for a relatively short time before the company starts to run out of operating cash.  In the airline industry this time frame is short since it can’t rely on sales from inventories to provide cash flow.  That is why all the airlines that are unionized will fail.  Labor costs of entrenched airlines grow until fares have to rise so high that new non-union carriers can enter the market. 

 

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4 posted on 03/11/2009 7:07:24 AM PDT by BillM
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Aside:

I was watching “Norma Rae” last night, with utter fascination.

Having seen what unions did to the textile industry in America, I was captured by the utter irony of that film.


5 posted on 03/11/2009 7:29:00 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: BillM

ping


6 posted on 03/11/2009 10:54:51 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (ACORN:American Corruption for Obama Right Now)
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To: KarlInOhio

Small unions probably work well with management, since there’s a more common goal of keeping the company going.


7 posted on 03/11/2009 12:05:23 PM PDT by Clock King (Radical Conservatives, arise!)
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