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Now, I learned soon enough, that among the three, two don't trust the third one - the third one is the government. Both industry and unions feel the government is a talking organization and a spending organization.
The trade unions and the Labour Party... failed miserably. Instead of giving concrete support, and calling upon workers to take industrial action, they did nothing.
I sometimes think that unions don't understand that we live in a free society, and people have the right to not select union representation if they don't want it.
Thousands of Americans are forced to join unions as a condition of employment, with little to no chance of ever having their voices heard.
We don't have unions in South Carolina because we don't need unions in South Carolina.
If you have poor management that's not doing the right job, you end up with unions filling the void and... page after page of work rules and thicker and thicker contracts.
I don't think it's a great leap to go from civil unions to gay marriage - I may be in the minority in believing that.
Harold Ford, Jr.
The dissolution of the trade unions was in the air then.
I oppose any attempt to grant homosexual unions the same legal privileges that civil government affords to traditional marriage and family life.
We - again, the, the, the, the bastardization and the demonization over the last few years of teachers and of unions and of collective bargaining, that is not the answer.
The unions may continue to decline, but if they do, it'll be their fault.
I think it is just stupid economics for a government to approach economic management from a strand of thinking regarding unions as enemies.
It is true that they paid much more attention to the trade unions because the trade unions were after all speaking for the rights and conditions of working men and women in their employment.
I've commissioned an adaptation of 'The Jungle', by Upton Sinclair, a story of a young immigrant from Lithuania to the meat-packing industry of Chicago in 1904, and the rise of the unions in America.
I'm not going to stop beating up on the unions.
I've been reading a lot about Silicon Valley history recently and was struck by just how core the lack of unions has been to the American tech industry's evolution. It's enabled the constant creative destruction that keeps Silicon Valley relevant and thriving in a rapidly changing world.
Even in Britain, the trade unions tell me that employment contracts have less protection than in the past.
Private unions, such as the UAW, is a choice between employees and employers. If that is what they want, then who am I to say you can't have it?
Unions should not be lapdogs to a political party, they should be watchdogs for their members' interests.
Unions inherently create an 'us versus them' dynamic that makes winning against a company's management the top goal, not serving customers, innovating, or in the case of education, teaching kids.
If you don't have collective agreements between unions and employers, governments have to legislate more.
The unions still have a job to do, representing their members' interests to governments and parliaments. And I think collective agreements still have a role, alongside markets and laws.
At first everyone predicted that it would be impossible to hold these divergent people together, but aside from the skilled men, some of whom belonged to craft unions, comparatively few went back to the mills. And as a whole, the strike was conducted with little violence.
Ray Stannard Baker
There is nothing that says unions have a God-given right to be there. We have to work at it and make ourselves relevant to every section of the workforce.
We will have bigger bureaucracies, bigger labor unions, and bigger state-run corporations. It will be harder to be an entrepreneur because of punitive taxes and regulations. The rewards of success will be expropriated for the sake of attaining greater income equality.
Arthur C. Brooks
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