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Timothy Johnson : What role do workers' unions play in an economy? / Clear, concise arguments and answers from leading thinkers / Eristical.com
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Workers unions can be a stranglehold on the economy where the only way you can hire labor is if you pay these astronomical figures which, to some extent, influences businesses to move overseas or to move to different parts of the country where unions don't have such an influence. I think the union movement was designed to protect the workers from mistreatment but there were a lot of people who played on the system. Having to play with the union, and you can see it with the teachers union, it's clear that we don't necessarily get quality because we pay top-notch money, so employees need to be responsible and not assume that they're protected by the union so that they can be slack workers, because then what you've done is strangle-held the business owner who has no recourse. So unions can be the death of an economy if misused.

Entrepreneur and Chairman of The Frederick Douglass Foundation, Timothy Johnson