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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 10 months ago

Could pro-union people provide a counter-argument to this?

A report by Michael W. Mandelbaum, Abraham P. Reshef, and their colleagues at the University of Michigan finds that between 1979 and 2016, a total of 78 percent of overall wage and salary gains were due to productivity (51 percent) or competition from other workers (21 percent). Since 1979, the gross pay of union workers in the United States rose by only 13 percent — lower than that of non-union firms or the average American worker’s pay. Workers in other forms of unions — multi-employer and regional or company unions — also saw declining pay gains, although at a higher rate than did those in more traditional unionized industries. In other words, unions provide no real benefit to society.

As the report states, “The value of the productivity boost from a unionized worker is limited, and as a result it keeps wages artificially high. This long-running research-based finding increases our understanding of how the downward-bound nature of union growth affects the economy.” The most interesting parts of the report are when it comes to expansion of the U.S. labor force, since the U.S. labor force is so tied to the number of public sector employees. The researchers found that the labor market benefits from increased unionization have largely passed.

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  • Stoo
    Lv 7
    10 months ago
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    With the decline of unions, productivity gains have been routed to management, at the expense of working people who have been falling further and further back. This creates income and wealthy inequality that threatens to destabilize social order and the very foundations of capitalism, because a society where the 1% do wonderfully and everyone else is in decline with limited opportunities to break free of being part of the working poor doesn't last very long.

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  • Anonymous
    10 months ago

    Are you trying to use facts to debates with leftists??? Good luck with that.

    So here is the response you will get from leftists. Either they will ignore the facts or they will pull some asinine strawman argument or they will simply resort to insults.

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