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This Jon Oliver piece on unions has me thinking. Hmmm

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I haven’t seen his piece, but it’s important to remember that unions are not monolithic. There are unions, like electrician unions in NY, that serve as a restraint to trade and drive costs up for everyone while making people lucky enough to get into the union do really well. There are unions that really don’t do much for their members but make union leadership do really well, eg UAW. And there are unions that are actually really good partners for the workers and their employers. Many of the German unions function this way and I’ve seen it several times in US manufacturing instances. There are of course also unions that suck ass and make everything painful.

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He’s always had a pretty great perspective on controversial topics, IMO. Will check it out. I’ve had my mind changed on unions in the past

While I think unions can be valuable in some circumstances, the recent exaltation of unions as some sort of panacea is troubling. It ignores fundamental problems with what unions became in their hayday and how those underlying issues remain almost completely unchanged. Unions are great ideas until you disagree with its leadership.

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