The Atlantic Magazine wrote a piece titled " Who Killed American Unions??"
The article was not very compelling....it focused on all aspects other than the key issue.
The one part of the liberal whining that goes on in this article is they didn't mention the key reason why Unions have cratered...
Yes, GREED. The Unions and their members got GREEDY. That's what killed them.
Now, I understand and agree they are not the only ones who got greedy. CEOs and other getting obscene pay packages, stock insiders pillaging the economy and causing chaos, etc. etc. I see it and agree that they have caused as many issues for the American Economy as the Unions.
But, the question is " Who Killed American Unions??" - The main culprit is the Unions themselves.
The last three and half years have accelerated their demise but it started way before that.....
GREEDY UNION Members and their fat arse bosses used their muscle to bully and batter companies like GM, Ford & Chrysler into ridiculous labor agreements.
Public Employee Unions gamed the political system and conceived ridiculous laws and agreements that allow public employees to retire on sky high pensions inflated by overtime and into which many have never paid a cent. They don't have any care that the agreements were faulty and unsustainable. it didn't matter that they got paid for standing down on the job or doing little. They got the agreements put in place and even if it bankrupts the town, they want the money.
Union Leaders lined their pockets with dues paid by the members and did little other than make themselves rich on the backs of the workers. They decided that they were entitled to the same type of compensation as those who ran the businesses.....GREED. More and more was their only goal.
This is what killed the Unions and why today, they only represent a minor fraction of all workers. Unions were needed when there were no laws to protect workers but in the last 40 years, the Unions became only about paying their workers and the Union Bosses as much as they could extort from the companies and government.
Now the companies have had enough. The cost of a new car produced in Detroit had almost $10K cost tacked on to it to provide incredible huge pay & benefits to assembly line workers. The added cost is borne by every person who bought a vehicle from the big three, while others like Toyota set up factories in Tennessee without Unions. The new factories were able to produced excellent vehicles and cheaper.
That helped put the Big Three teetering on the edge....The market was cornered by cheaper, leaner, better.
Now, Towns and States are seeing the light. They know that they have been had and the voters are pushing back. Taxpayers have had enough. Voters have started fixing what has been known for many years. It wasn't just enough to earn good money, these Union types needed to earn MORE. And it doesn't bother them at all that it is costing others services or extra costs tacked on to things they want.
It is all about them and their need to satisfy their Greed.
That's what killed the Unions and for the author of the article in the Atlantic Magazine to miss that completely shows there still are people who don't want to acknowledge reality.
Reality is the Unions caused their own demise. Their GREED and their need to be GREEDY to the detriment of all others.
And the Mass Media wonders why people aren't siding with the Unions....it is because they see the wanton GREED with their own eyes and recognize it for what it is - shameful.