As a commenter that goes by Ã¢â‚¬Å“CookÃ¢â‚¬Â pointed out in the comments of RyanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s post, the list of countries that do not allow employee unions include China, Iran, North Korea, and Cuba. The list of places that do allow employee unions are the U.S., Canada, France, Great Britain, Germany, Japan, and South Korea. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d argue that one list is better than the other.
Here are five more reasons to support labor unions:
1. Big business is allowed to buy their way into our government and negotiate subsidies, tax breaks, and favorable regulation that helps them earn profit. The individuals working for those companies should be allowed to collectively bargain for a piece of that pie.
2. Union workers are productive. Far too often anti-union people try saying that union workers are paid wages for doing little work. But that is hogwash, with no factual support. And you have to wonder why the anti-labor folks arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t so upset when corporate bigwigs drain pension funds to provide bigger returns for investors, or when they evade safety laws to squeeze out a few more pennies each day?
3. Think of what unions are for, and try to figure out who would be against that. Labor unions are fighting for respect on the job, better wages and benefits, more flexibility for work and family needs, and a counterbalance to the unchecked power of employers.
4. Communities are stronger when Unions are present. Statistics show states in which more people are union members are states with higher wages, better benefits and better schools. While unions are just one factor affecting the quality of living, the pattern indicates that when workers have a voice at work, the community also benefits. And when employers interfere in workersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ decision to join a union, the community losesÃ¢â‚¬â€living standards decline and income inequality grows. [Link]
5. A common argument that anti-labor people make is that workers are forced to pay union dues. But the truth is that these workers were drawn to the job because of the relatively high wages and decent benefits. Why not ask them to join the union (and pay the dues) in order to enjoy the benefits gained by collective bargaining?