Bobbyok wrote:toweringpine wrote:There is no doubt that unions are a mixed blessing. In the recent years they appear to have taken their wages and benefits to levels that appear unreasonable to many of us but you can bet that if they were all gone we'd be working 60 hours weeks for peanuts.
What proportion of the workforce do you think is unionized? Excluding the government, it's less than 20% (around 17 in 2007). Are the other 80% all working 60 hour weeks for peanuts?
If it wasn't for Unions, I doubt I'd have nearly as many benefits as I do, even though I work in a non union job. I don't get quite as many benefits as the Union guys, but I get to keep more of my paycheck, and I get performance based bonuses that union guys don't.
Upshot is, unions are fine for some, I'm happy not working in a union, and IMO all government employees should not be able to strike, binding arbitration should be mandatory after contracts expire and either side is unwilling to negotiate.