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Earl A. Thompson doesn’t think much of union power to raise wages

July 9, 2019

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Unions are dead on their feet in the private sector in the USA but going strong as ever in the public sector, especially in local government. Source: Bureau of Labour Statistics Table 3. Union affiliation of employed wage and salary workers by occupation and industry

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The unions are very much against investor state dispute settlement provisions of trade agreements, but are happy to be serial complainants to secretive International Labour Organisation (ILO) committees about employment law amendments they do not like. A fair defeat in the floor of parliament was not good enough for them. As far back as 1993 …

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The union movement posted two excellent charts during the last election showing how well things have gone since the 1980s economic reforms and their consolidation in the early 1990s. The charts show that real wage growth returned in the early 1990s after the passage of the Employment Contracts Act and the consolidation of government finances. …

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Despite all the hullabaloo, collective bargaining agreement coverage is not declined by that much outside of the English-speaking countries. Outside of the USA, the top 1% are very lazy so they have not benefited from this decline of union power. Within the USA, so few people are covered by collective bargaining agreements for so long …

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