Originally Posted by archiguy
And then migrating to India, or China, or Indonesia, or........
Collective bargaining is a bulwark against abuse by the executive class. And human nature being what it is, the powerful will always seek to marginalize the weak any way they can. If not for unions and the stuggles they endured earlier in this century, the middle class in this country would be far smaller and weaker than it currently is. The stagnation of the middle class and the soaring fortunes of the top 1% in fact mirror the decline in union participation in this country. And those that are getting vastly richer and more powerful have somehow managed to convince everybody else who's struggling that it's all such a swell development. It's really quite remarkable.
It's an interesting debate...I'm pro-Union in general, but in most cases government regulation and legislation has removed the original reasons for Unions being created in the first place.
Back when Unions were first created there was no OSHA, Equal Opportunity Empoyment legislation, Minimum Wage, Disability Pay, etc.
We're talking about laborers that were worked 14-18 hours a day for pennies and if they were permanently disabled/hurt on the job, too bad...."you're fired! You have a 12 year old son, right? He can have your job!"
I can absolutely understand why they had to Unionize and 'fight the power' to get a fair wage, benefits, and a right to a safe workplace.
But those reasons no longer exist as government has legislated/regulated them. Now it's about slicing up the pie and I don't always agree with that.
In the case of the writers strike no one is being exploited illegally. So it's hard to feel too much empathy for them on those grounds. On the other hand, the other poster was right too...the studios will never willingly give up a financial advantage unless they are forced to, and they only way to force their hand is to withhold their collective writing talents until they do. We'll see how it plays out.