job market for young people in decades, it’s becoming clear that
big-government policies are back-firing on the largely progressive youth. One
of the worst and most ignored of these job-killing policies is forced unionism.
Young people face harshening job prospects in states without laws protecting workers from being forced to join unions,
as right-to-work (RTW) laws. For recent grads seeking entry level jobs in a tough
economy, unions continue to protect their own and guard against new hires.
creates higher labor costs for both businesses and the government, causing them
to cut other expenses like nonessential employees and entry level staff – the
very positions young people usually occupy.
how do unions get away with mandating employees to join?
2010 election cycle, unions spent $96.5 million, almost all of which went to
liberal leaders. To thank the unions, liberal public policy makers give higher
benefits and salaries to the public unions in addition to allowing the private
unions to mandate membership for employment.
symbiotic cycle is deadly to all workers except those in the union. Forced
unionism creates a monopoly and artificially increases wages, forcing
businesses to either hire less workers, go out of business, or move to a
believe me? Look at the numbers from Senator Jim Demint’s study, “Right-to-Work States are Winning the Future”:
RTW states, private sector employment increased 18.3 percent more than forced-unionism states.
growth was 3.8 percent higher in RTW states.
states added 46 percent more businesses.
important to remember that collective bargaining alone isn’t wrong; only when
the government endorses forced unionism do we see economic pain targeting young
good news, as Young
America’s Foundation Vice President Kate Obenshain pointed out to Bob Beckel
this week on Fox News’ Hannity, unions are running scared because RTW
states are growing, and across the country, less than seven percent of people
in the private sector are union members.
bad news is that unions aren’t going down without a fight and their money will
not stop flowing anytime soon.
people looking for work need to realize that supporting progressivism hurts
their chances of securing a job. Economic freedom brings the power of choice
and competition into the market place and enables fuller employment for all
Ron Meyer is a Program Officer
at Young America’s Foundation. YAF
sponsors conservative conferences across the country and owns the Reagan Ranch
in Santa Barbara, Calif. Ron has appeared on Fox News and been published with
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