Saturday, March 14, 2009

Card Check: Bad for the Economy

Card Check like so many other liberal policies on labor are simply bad for the economy and will do nothing except put our economy at greater risk. Card Check is a bill where union leaders can strong arm workers into signing Union cards and once the union leaders strong arm 50% of the workers into signing these cards the union then has the right to represent the work force. The employees will no longer have the right to a secret ballot. Union officials do not believe in individual freedom they only believe in the rights of the collective.

Unions hope to use this strong arm tactic to increase union membership. Union officials do not understand that most Americans have abandoned the collective approach for a more tailored individual approach to labor negotiations that are more based on performance and individual needs. Labor unions have destroyed the big three auto makers. The unwillingness to renegotiate with General Motors is pushing that corporation to the brink of bankruptcy. Many liberals are of the mindset that saving unions, unions jobs, and manufacturing in the US is the route to saving the economy. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Using a favorite Liberal ideology I'll use the theory of evolution and adaptability to show the fallacy of saving unions. Our manufacturing plants have not adapted well to the changing economy fundamentals. No longer can a sovereign state become an isolationist country with trade barriers and still succeed. There is a global economy and it is best to get on board or risk being relegated to third world economic status. America has been moving away from a manufacturing based economy for the last three decades and yet the Liberals want to try and save jobs that Americans are no longer efficient performing. America's labor rates are too high. Our standard of living has risen to levels that manufacturing in our country has become to costly in which to compete on a global level. Our economy must adapt to these changing dynamics or we will not really pull out of this recession.

Card check is important to liberals because unions like the UAW would like to unionize foreign auto plants. UAW union leader even said as much when he refused to renegotiate with GM. He said GM should receive a taxpayer bailout in order to keep GM in business long enough for card check to pass. If card check passed as law then the UAW would be able to unionize foreign automakers in the south. In that way the labor rates for the foreign automakers would move higher matching the big three. The problem with the UAW theory is that the foreign companies will just move to another location with lower labor rates. Instead of keeping jobs in the US we would chase them overseas.

In order to survive as an economic power we must learn to evolve and adapt tot he changing times. High labor costs for unskilled labor made our manufacturing base inefficient. Our manufacturing base did not adapt to the coming global economy. Instead liberals want to take our country back to the 1950's when manufacturing allowed our economy to expand. Manufacturing in the US is no longer enabled to fuel our economy. We need to adapt to what we are efficient at and build the economy on educated labor matching our labor rates rather than providing labor rates that continue sinking our economy.

America has always been good at research and development. Our auto industry should change from producing cars to designing the cars of the future. Instead of killing the pharmaceuticals by socializing our health care we should be encouraging more and more research and development in new drugs and new treatments that make people more healthy. Forget about unions and card check. They are relics from the last depression. The industrial revolution is over as we begin a new era Services.


bullmoosegal said...

I heard an interesting interview yesterday with a rep. from a mfg. group. He pointed out that the US still has the largest mfg-base of any country, but that we've moved away from consumer goods (toys, consumer electronics, vehicles, etc.) to durable goods (airplane engines, building-management systems, etc.). These of course have a slower turnover and depreciation cycle, and aren't the kinds of goods consumers see on the shelves (or that the largest unions care about since they're cyclical industries). They also involve highly skilled blue-collar workers - not the kind of jobs found in an auto-assembly plant. When unions focus on unskilled, mass employment, they're missing the boat. They should be pushing instead for retraining and schooling assistance as part of their severance packages, and let unprofitable industries die a natural death.

Anonymous said...

Unions at one point in our history served a good purpose, but now all they seem to do is allow an unproductive employee to keep his job.