Originally Posted by chiefzilla1501
The problem isn't that they fight for the poor and middle class. The problem is they fight for the advancement of those who don't deserve it, at the expense of those who are trying to deserve it.
I agree with you that we shouldn't be insensitive to just slashing jobs from lower class or middle class people, many of whom are literally a few paychecks away from poverty. So yeah, I get that we should protect those jobs.
But that's not what unions do. Unions demand equality, which in that world means that people who don't do good work should be entitled to the same shit that those who don't get. Worse, that people who work hard are a drain because Joe Smith is working 60 hours and making a guy who works 40 hours a week look bad. If Joe is wiling to work 60 hours a week on a 40 hour paycheck, let him and reward him for it. And we wonder why the public sector is so slow and inefficient.
Exactly. Unions work to advance the interests of their leadership and union members. Any claim that they serve higher purpose such as 'protecting the poor and middle class' is public relations grandstanding. Given the choice between helping the underclass get jobs and protecting their own members unions will take care of their own each and every time.