Are unions hurting business & forcing prices to go up and push companies overseas?

I understand the importance of a Union when dealing with an unjust, unethical and corrupt employer. However, Unions are not soo innocent and it must be noted that they also are partially responsible for what is happening in business today. For ex. There was almost a strike because the company actually wanted the employees to BEGIN paying a small percentage into their own healthplan. Another is when a company was forced to re-higher an electrician even though he was at a USC football game getting drunk instead of doing his job. Then there is the seniority promotions with a near complete disregard of talent & education. Oh yes, then there are the grossly inflated Union boss' salaries in the six figures. Like I originally said, I understand that they have been & actually are important but they share some of the blame. I put partial blame on them for forcing companies to go overseas, for higher costs of products and for losing our competitiveness. The 2nd response is not understanding what I am saying. I recognize the contributions of Unions...ex. minimum wages, living wages, better working conditions, etc...that's all good. BUT, I am attacking their excessiveness. I know that Companies are also guilty of being overzealous but this question is towards how overzealous the Unions have become.

Asked By: Ed T - 5/16/2008
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Like many organizations it starts off with good intentions and then something happens. I would agree the distribution or payments and power within a Union seem skewed. I am not sure they hurt US competitiveness. A $3 a day poorly treated factory worker with no rights or benefits to a Union worker is a little extreme... More
Answered By: Smtypnts - 5/16/2008
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I am in complete agreement with you.
Answered By: Autowerks Liesza - 5/16/2008
Companies aren't "forced" to go overseas; they do it because they can. Their focus is maximum profit, and that's the way to do it... More
Answered By: tonalc1 - 5/16/2008
unions are such a small percent of the work force anymore, they have little power or influence.
Answered By: americanfreeman - 5/16/2008
it is a combination of both union and management not being able to come to a compromise, first of all why do we need to pay CEO's 400 times the salary of the everyday worker, give them outrageous bonus and then they complain when the union ask for a larger slice of the pie... More
Answered By: trailhiker08 - 5/16/2008
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