Tuesday, December 11, 2012

On Union Violence and Mayhem in Michigan Today

Wow, who could have ever predicted that?


dmarks said...

Shows their hatred for both democracy AND workers rights.

Get this. I heard a union official on the radio this morning lamenting the right-to-work idea. His complaint? It would result in jobs flooding back to Michigan from China. This was terrible to him, since these would be low-paying jobs (earning from $11 an hour to $30 an hour, last time I checked non-union factory wages) and America is better off without these jobs.

Will "take no prisoners" Hart said...

Detroit used to be one of the most awesome cities in the country (a black unemployment rate of less than 4% in 1968) and now look at it. I think that a lot of people in Detroit could probably use those $11-30 an hour jobs now.

Rational Nation USA said...

Union stupidity. It's not just politicians that have their heads buried in their arses.

BB-Idaho said...

$11/hr. I was excited to get that.
In 1963. Be interesting to see the
impact on Michigan's
average hourly wage.

Rusty Shackelford said...

BB,you were paid 11 bucks an hour in 1963? Thats equal to about $100 per hour in todays dollars.

BB-Idaho said...

My calculation about $83/hr. Like I mentioned, I was excited. VN war,
Army ammunition plant start up. Good chemists were hard to find; got promoted a numerous times.
Bought a house and a 66 Olds Toronado, had a child. Place closed
after 4 record output years.

Will "take no prisoners" Hart said...

Les, economic historian, Henry George, sized the matter up pretty well, "Those who tell you of trade unions bent on raising wages by moral suasion alone are like those who would tell you of tigers who live on oranges."............Rusty and BB Idaho, I guess that it all boils down to whether a person is better off with an actual $11 an hour job or a nonexistent $45 an hour job. I would probably go with the former and then try and improve my human capital on the side.