Originally posted by Soothfast
And employees have the option of the strike. They should use it once more with the frequency they used to.
In today's economy? Yeah, right. The companies would dump them so fast they wouldn't know what hit them.
The recent Verizon strike was particularly comical. Overpaid workers in an obsolete field (old style copper wire phone line workers; the wireless and fios divisions didn't strike) in positions that would have had scores of applicants per spot had they been open, struck because Verizon wanted to decrease some of their legacy benefits that similarly situated workers in other companies did not get. So Verizon basically said "Go ahead. Strike. Stay out. The longer the better."
So of course they capitulated after a couple of weeks.
The only really effective unions in this economy are public worker unions because the politicians don't have the political will to fight them like a private company would. That, of course, was Scott Walker's main point.
I have no problem with unions in general (in the private sector). On the contrary, they should have the right to negotiate as a group and the federal rules protecting them make sense. But let them not complain when management legally administers them a smackdown.