Why Do People Hate Labor Unions?

People complain about their jobs and situations at work all the time, but at the same time they say they “don’t like unions.” Guess what? Unions are designed to give workers more clout when they deal with their employers. Look at it this way: Let’s say there’s a policy or procedure at work that you think is stupid or unfair. What do you think would be more likely to make your boss address the issue: You, alone, going to their office to complain; or you and all your co-workers going to their office to complain? Sure, unions can be bad and corrupt just like any other institution, but there’s a reason many if not most companies don’t want their employees to unionize. Understandably, they prefer being able to do whatever the hell they want to their employees, and to pay them the lowest wage they can get away with.

So, why do people hate labor unions? Because they’re always hearing about the relatively small number of union members who abuse the system or receive ridiculously high benefits (which btw are generally nowhere near what CEOs of even poorly-performing companies get). They lose sight of the big picture: Historically, most improvements in working conditions and rates of pay came about through the efforts of labor unions. (Don’t worry, this isn’t going to become yet another Left Wing Political Blog. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)

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