Next time you want to slam unions remember this: “A rising tide lifts all boats.”
Even if your job is NOT union, remember that the business has to stay competitive with the union jobs in order to hire people. So a business has to offer a decent salary just to get people to sign on.
Part of what makes America great is the freedom for our workers to collectively bargain for better conditions, thereby raising the bar for other businesses if they want to hire, because the best and the brightest will take the jobs with the better working conditions.
This is also why big business LOVES high unemployment. It makes it easier for business to say “take it or leave it” and offer crap wages and working conditions. An easy example will be the fact that I’ve seen contract rates fall by 10-15% in the last year alone.
The desperate can be easily pressured to “take it or leave it.”