• Union Rules

      Unions hurt American workers, as I write in my syndicated column this week:

      Unions say it's good that they protect American workers from arbitrary dismissal and make sure everyone is treated equally.

      But it's not good.

      Rules that "protect" government workers from arbitrary dismissal and require everyone be treated equally are bad for taxpayers and "customers" -- and even union workers themselves.

      On my FBN show last week, we discussed how union activists claim that union rules don't allow the lazy to stay lazy:

      The activists actually said, "There is no slacker," and that union rules mean less productive colleagues are helped, "brought up to speed."

      C'mon, I asked, aren't there some workers who are just lazy, who drag the enterprise down?

      "No!" they told me.

      ...Nonsense.

      People believe that unions brought workers higher wages and the 8-hour day. In truth, wages and working conditions are best determined by the free market.

      In 1914, Henry Ford doubled his employees' wages to $5 a day and cut their workday to eight hours. He then hired more people. He didn't do this out of benevolence... It was in Ford's interest to increase his company's profits, and to do that he needed to attract the best workers he could find. When companies compete for workers, they get higher wages and better working conditions. Ford shortened the workday to better compete. Then GM and Chrysler matched Ford's deal to keep up. Workers won.

      The rest of my column here.

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