Employee associations could also screen out slackers. Today unions often protect lazy employees. Remember the Chrysler employees fired for smoking pot on the job? The UAW got them reinstated. This drives employers nuts. But what if employee associations restricted membership to industrious workers? What if membership signaled drive and diligence? Businesses would actively recruit those members and willingly pay them premium wages.
Polls show few workers want to join unions — as they now exist. Unions never adapted to the modern workplace. But a re-envisioned labor movement could appeal to both employees and employers. Employee associations that helped workers upgrade their skills, manage job transitions, and certify quality could be a boon to workers and the economy. Unfortunately, rather than help their members get ahead, today's union bosses remain out of touch.
James Sherk is a senior policy analyst in labor economics at The Heritage Foundation.
- Why one Mormon man left Hollywood to be a...
- My view: Non-discrimination laws have a problem
- President should not act without...
- In our opinion: No more 'Government Motors'
- Richard Davis: Mandela's greatest achievement...
- Letter: American billionaires
- Matthew Sanders: Nelson Mandela's goodness...
- Doug Robinson: We are in the midst of an era...
- In our opinion: Don't raise the minimum... 65
- My view: Fix Obamacare, don't replace it 61
- Robert Bennett: Create wealth before... 43
- Andrew Morriss: No, Congress should not... 39
- Can Mandela's legacy revive the GOP? 30
- In our opinion: No more 'Government... 29
- President should not act without... 26
- My view: Non-discrimination laws have a... 25