From Investors Business Daily:
…The U.S. unemployment rate is 9.1%. In right-to-work states the average is 7.9% — 8.6% adjusted for population.
Between 1977-08, employment grew 100% in right-to-work states vs. the national average of 71% and 56.5% in non-right-to-work states. That’s according to a January study that Ohio University economics professor Richard Vedder did for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.
In this period, real per capita income in the right-to-work states grew 62.3% vs. the national average of 54.7% and 52.8% for non-right-to-work states…
If unions would concentrate on actually helping workers, the story would be different. I would be a backer and member of a union if they were in favor of workers – I’m not because unions are not for me: they are for, first, the union bosses; second, for the Democrat party; third, for corrupt deals; fourth, for various anti-American, socialist/communist political groups. There is no place in there for an average, working man who just wants a strong business climate and good wages and benefits.
It is wise and logical for working people to band together to look after their own interests. But the primary interest of a employee union is in strong economic growth – it is only by such means that the workers gain real leverage over the employers. When the economy is thundering ahead and labor is in high demand, that is when the workers can hold back and demand higher wages and benefits. Our unions, however, have decided that economic growth is pointless: the only thing which matters is keeping the union bosses rich, the Democrats in power and the economy so controlled that non-union companies are essentially forbidden to compete with union companies. A huge amount of our current economic misery can be directly traced to the unions corruption, political hackery and restraint of trade.
A real union actually for the workers would be calling for less government spending (government spending takes money out of the private economy which could be used to employ workers); for lower taxes (higher taxes on a business means it can employ fewer people); for less government regulation (when you tie up new businesses in regulatory knots it means fewer get started and employ fewer people). It is to be hoped that the current unions – especially the private-sector unions (the government sector unions are probably beyond redemption) – will wake up to this, or that the membership will wake up and, if necessary, form new unions. The working man does need his own organization…but the current groups which claim that role are actually harming the working man every day.