It goes without saying that, obviously, the labour unions are very controversial, at least in the United States of America. If we are talking about pro-union workers, they believe in unions because they obviously provide a very basic building block for a very strong working class. Opponents would say that unions are very restrictive, and they also hurt the working-class employees.
If we are talking about current statistics of the unions, the latest data would concern the union members from 2017, and it was released by the US Department of labour’s bureau of labour statistics. The wage and salary of the workers was more than $14.8 million. The number of workers then went up to 17.7 million.
Here are some very important points.
- Firstly, the union membership rate of the public sector workers, which would be around 34.4%, continued to be more than five times higher than that of the private sector workers, which would be around 6.5%
- Secondly, men actually continue to have a higher union membership rate, when compared to women. Men had 11.4%, and women had 10%.
- The black workers actually remained more likely to become union members than the white, Hispanic or even Asian members.
- If we are talking about the states, New York actually continues to have the highest union membership rate, at around 23.8%.
- The first pro would be that the unions actually provide the workers with all kinds of protection. In most states in the United States of America, these people are protected. They are protected from all kinds of workplace problems.
- Secondly, the unions actually promote higher wages, and they promote all kinds of benefits.
- Thirdly, the union would be economic trendsetters. Before the unions, the weekends and the provisions for the workers did not actually exist. Even though the United States workforce, the workforce was not exactly unionised.
- If you’re talking about political organising, it is definitely easier, because it is an amazing advantage. The unions are very able to amplify and also advance all of the political causes with the working class.
- The unions actually require some fees and some dues, which some workers don’t end up paying. The opponents would actually say close environments are very unfair to the individuals who have quite a few valid reasons for not exactly supporting the union.
- The labour unions always discourage individuality. The workers are bound by the decisions of the union, even if they happen to disagree with any of the decisions.
- The unions actually make it very hard to even promote or even terminate workers. The unions completely focus on the seniority of the workers. This will end up translating into a lack of advancement or even proper treatment for high performing employees.