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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 9 months ago

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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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  • 9 months ago
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    No comparison of actual salaries just relative gains. If a $10/hr person gets a $1 raise that is 10% growth. For someone making 20/hr that same raise would be half that. Also do higher union salaries put pressure on non-union companies to pay better? Either the report is incomplete and using only numbers to support its case or your quote is. Also no mention of entire compensation like health benefits, time off, and other benefits It only tells a partial story to make a case.

    That said I find some unions just as rapacious as some employers when it comes to how it treats hourly workers. But that is no reason to ban unions or companies. It is just the way the world is.

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  • 9 months ago

    Any harm caused by unions is outweighed by their benefits.

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    The government should set a minimum wage that people can live on, and if they find it too hard to live on, then they should provide public services, food stamps, rent assistance, public health care, education, child care, etc. Then, the employers could still get cheap labor and the workers could still afford to live. You get the money from taxing those who can afford to be taxed, because they're billionaires.

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  • 9 months ago

    Union wages were already artificially high and unsupported by the market, which is why so many unionized industries like steel have left the United States, likely never to return. It is unrealistic, then, that union wages would rise even further. And it is also why unions are becoming less and less significant in the U.S. market place.

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    You conveniently left out a link. This is pure propaganda. A professor and Director of the American Foreign Policy program at the Johns Hopkins University, a neurosurgeon and a bunch of unnamed people at UM.

    Sure kid

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  • Jerry
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    Be that as it may, it's a good thing when EVERY employee has free legal counsel readily available, when EVERY employee has a knowledgeable advocate because of the deterrent effect on employer's "stretching" the law, "stretching" what is set forth in the contract.

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  • Shilo
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    "The researchers found that the labor market benefits from increased unionization have largely passed."

    Okay - good.

    Why pose this question only to liberals?

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    Trust me. Police, firemen, nurses and doctors won’t give up their unions.

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