Unions: The Dying Society Essay

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Unions have been integrated in North American society. For the business world, unions pose a threat the expanding the corporation’s profits; for workers, unions are an opportunity to gain power in the workplace. Unions are used to balance the division of power throughout the world, yet they are not without their faults; for example, workers must pay union fees. Unions, while fundamentally a mediator between workers and corporations, pose a threat to the community; lawsuits, threats, lack of jobs, store closures, physical threats and actions. History of Unions “A union of wage earners, whether they be mechanics, semi-skilled, or unskilled workers, aims to affect the terms of the wage bargain and change the conditions under which its…show more content…
5). Early unions were primarily focused on higher wages to maintain as standard of living, where as current unions focus on higher wages, safety conditions, job discrimination, and benefits to name a few (Brody, 1980, pg. 171). Poor working conditions of the Industrial Era and the capitalist drive to continuously obtain more profits (Whyte, 2009, pg. 224), unions were formed to prevent the exploitation of the working class. Unions want to maintain the standard of living and job security for workers, while company owners want to gain more personal profit. Businesses are in constant competition with each other, therefore when one business develops a new scheme to increase profits, other businesses will follow suit to maintain competition (Whyte, 2009, pg. 149). Unions prevent financial growth in organizations, leading to business using their power to prevent the organization of unions. The Success and Failures of Unions In May 2013, LCBO workers threatened to strike on the impending long weekend – a peak in alcohol purchases. Neither the LCBO nor the Ontario government wanted a strike and in the last minutes before the deadline, the LCBO stuck a deal with the union. Workers now receive 800 dollar signing bonus in 2013
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