Originally Posted by DementedLogic
The free riders are the ones who are receiving more pay than value they create. That's what unions do. They redistribute wealth from the harder working union employees to the lazier ones.
Free riders are why I got out of the military, which is basically one giant union. When pay is based on seniority rather than performance, and people can't be fired, the workers break down into 2 classes, producers and free-riders.
The "free rider problem" that unions have, is that only free riders benefit from unions. Therefore, when given the choice, only free riders join unions. Thus, the union loses power.
This post is a bit out to sea, but I'll make a point that will be somewhere in the ballpark of where you thought this post was:
Unions do promote some faulty dynamics in places -- the seniority-based preference rather than talent-based preference is a big problem with our education industry, for instance.
But that can be reformed
. You don't need to bust unions like pinatas to fix that problem.