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Is there one example of a union-run industry that is efficient and competitive?

I'm not automatically anti-union, but it seems like every union destroys the very jobs they were created to protect by making it impossible for the (airline, car maker, etc) to compete. It also seems unamerican. If Detroit gets bailed out, doesn't history tell us that they can never compete effectively because of union labor? I'm open to being persuaded otherwise, but a union seems like something that belongs in France, not America. Am I wrong? Why do we have them?

Asked By: Frog - 12/12/2008
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The reason for the apparent "downfall" of Unions is that people fail to understand the actual causes of unemployment and recession. Take for example when Union membership was at it's highest in the 50's and the 60's. The economy was booming people where working 40plus hours and were able to get a job in the steel... More
Answered By: jay - 12/16/2008
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The concept of unions belongs in a museum. Totally out of touch with 21st century.
Answered By: Willis Jeffords - 12/12/2008
 
Mort Downey, Jr., what ever happened to you?!? I remember your show, where you were always screaming about those "pablum-p****g liberals!" To answer your question, I can't think of any. Unions, IMO are parallel to big government.
Answered By: Truth B. Told SHRUGGED - 12/12/2008
 
A union is just a tool, it can be used for good or evil. I have no problems with unions. I have a problem with unions that abuse their power and are backed by the power of the government. Government should not be involved in any way or regulate any aspect of the union-management relationship... More
Answered By: Save America, Nuke Washington - 12/12/2008
 
Plumbers, electricians. HVAC and refrigeration technicians. The list goes on and on. There are non union and union shops competing in the same market and doing just fine. The playing field gets levelled with government contracts which stipulate a prevailing wage clause which helps the non union shops, that usually pay... More
Answered By: Erich M - 12/12/2008
 
Yes there are plenty of them... More
Answered By: Boss H - 12/12/2008
 
Thanks for asking the question. I cannot think of any and I doubt that any body here can think of any. It failed all business it touched. People can learn a lot by asking questions and studying history.
Answered By: kittielicks - 12/12/2008
 
The coal industry is one I can think of off the top of my head. Public school systems, fire departments, police, etc.
Answered By: b*******d - 12/12/2008
 
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Answered By: HD - 12/12/2008
 
There are many examples. Public school teachers, firefighters, police, grocery stores, plumbers, truck drivers, to name a few.
Answered By: gomanyes - 12/12/2008
 
No none that I can think of. From some friends I've known who worked in union jobs they hated it. It was like the union was there to do things like protect the deadbeats who just leeched pay and did very little and didn't favor the skilled and hard working people. My sister works in a union and she's been harassed... More
Answered By: Zïská Hüré von Schlämpe - 12/12/2008
 
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