In my Human Resource Management course at university we are discussing labor unions amongst other things. I personally believe that unions have outlived their usefulness and now are nothing more than a tool of greed. You have unions demanding more and more from employers which in turn causes the end customer to pay more and more for products. Eventually, the employees wage and benefit increases cause the end product to be no longer cost effective to manufacture in the United States and results in jobs being outsourced.
Then, these same unions which caused the outsourcing in the first place, point their fingers at the companies and cry foul! A perfect example of this was the Maytag Company. For decades it manufactured washers and dryers in Newton, Iowa. The Maytag family took care of its employees and many people lived comfortable lives. With expansion came union demands for more and more of the profits. Finally, Maytag was forced to move some operations to Mexico to offset the costs of the American workers. Whirlpool bought out Maytag in the early 2000’s and the home of Maytag closed the doors to its original home in Newton.
Now there is talk that employees of Walmart are picketing the stores for Black Friday because they want full time employment with benefits and $15.00 per hour. I say this is nothing more than coercion and anyone who walks off the job needs to be fired for job abandonment. It is not that I don’t think that Wal-Mart is not a skinflint organization, it is because when each on of those employees accepted the terms of employment at hiring; if they wanted better pay, better benefits, or more hours, they should not have accepted the job.
In class we also discussed a union that was trying to get into a hospital in Pennsylvania. When management found out what employees were working with the union to gain entry, the hospital fired those employees. With the help of the union, a complaint was filed and the hospital was ordered to hire the employees back. Once again, if the employees at this hospital wanted more from the employer, it should have been negotiated at the time of hire, not bringing in an organization afterwards to force more pay and again leaving the end customers (insurance companies and patients) to pick up the tab for it.
If you are not being compensated for what you think you are worth at your present employer, go find one that wants to pay you what you want. If you cannot find an employer to meet your expectations, then you need to re-evaluate your expectations instead of demanding your present employer bow to your wants.