Fast Company: Businesses Should Be Accountable For NOT Having Unions

This entry caught my eye, make up your own mind…

Why aren’t more consumers boycotting them? Businesses should be accountable for not having unions. Wal-Mart was in the wrong for not using unionized cleaners. And they are not the only ones guilty. McDonalds is notorious (read Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser) for opposing unions. How is this possible today? Why aren’t more media outlets complaining? Where is the public outrage?
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The AFL-CIO has helped everyone. Why can’t we finish the job? In the year 2005, this is inexcusable. Save your dollars for businesses that don’t neglect their workers.

Should businesses, as this guy suggests, be held “accountable” for not having unions or using suppliers who have unions?

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1 Anonymous March 30, 2005 at 10:03 pm

The author has a point. It wouldn’t hurt for companies with unions to display notices that they allow unions. This would give consumers – if they choose – the option of directing their custom to such firms and away from those that prohibit unions.

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2 Anonymous March 31, 2005 at 3:03 am

The author has a point. It wouldn’t hurt for companies with unions to display notices that they allow unions. This would give consumers – if they choose – the option of directing their custom to such firms and away from those that prohibit unions.
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3 Anonymous March 23, 2005 at 8:03 pm

Unions are legalized extortion rackets. Many workers who are economic conservatives and who vote republican are forced by union extortion to provide financial support to political candidates whom they oppose. Further, unions combine peer pressure with job assignment powers to intimidate those workers whose personal value system is in direct opposition to the union’s policies. Additionally, unions engage in economic sabotage and while proclaiming one policy officially provide an environment for rarely prosecuted vandalism.

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4 Anonymous March 24, 2005 at 1:03 am

Unions are legalized extortion rackets. Many workers who are economic conservatives and who vote republican are forced by union extortion to provide financial support to political candidates whom they oppose. Further, unions combine peer pressure with job assignment powers to intimidate those workers whose personal value system is in direct opposition to the union’s policies. Additionally, unions engage in economic sabotage and while proclaiming one policy officially provide an environment for rarely prosecuted vandalism.

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5 Anonymous March 23, 2005 at 2:03 pm

If the AFL-CIO got involved with McDonald’s (for example), the price of a Big Mac would be about $12.95—and that’s just for the burger!

Unions require a high wage that offsets the cost of union dues.  I, for one, don’t want to pay for someone else’s union dues when I get to the cash register.

Unfortunately, our economy runs on the spending of others.  Thos who spend can’t afford to do so at union-inflated prices.

Do we not have legislation that (in effect) does what unions propose to do for workers?

A different slant:  I’ve been reading articles where workers are losing jobs because of disability issues, and the companies don’t want to continue paying premiums for their workers (as benefits—we’re talking old companies here).  I don’t know what role unions would play here to shore up the right to use company-given benefits (whether in BK or not), but it would be a darn sight better than leaving the companies themselves to decide fate.

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