“UNIONS: THE DISEASE FOR WHICH THEY PROCLAIM THE CURE”
The current financial crisis is in large part a result of public sector unions.
Unionization initially was the major factor in the economic development of the subprofessional (blue-collar) worker who was being abused by ‘big business’ in the early 1900s. Times have changed, but unions persist. Most professionals consider unionization beneath them because professionalism and unionization are basically incompatible: The professional’s requirement of individual freedom and autonomy is not aligned with the concept of collective bargaining, nor is his authoritative position within his profession enhanced by allowing a union to bargain in his behalf. (In other words, real professionals don’t join unions.)
The decline of the blue-collar worker (and concomitant rise in white-collar) in the ’50s brought on a serious decline in union membership, heralding an unacceptable (to unions) decline in