I am very torn on whether a union is a good thing or not. First step in deciding this for me is to separate the pro and cons from the people that are pushing each (workers and “billionaires”, respectively), because if I didn’t I would definitely be pro-union. Regular folks always take precedence in my book to people with an excess of money and power.
- Fighting for a living wage (which grows a strong middle class)
- Fighting for good working conditions
- Ignoring market forces (natural incentives)
- Higher unemployment
- Job security = less competition = lower productivity
No matter what, the recent events in Wisconsin are outrageous. The people have spoken, and the government is not listening. I think Governor Walker is David Koch’s lap dog, and that’s the kind of weakness in a political leader that has the potential to seriously damage the democratic fabric of our great country.