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... being in a union is a deal with the devil. You are not exposed (for better or worse) to market forces and so you have no incentive to sharpen your skills, move into management, pay attention to what's going on around you in the labor market, etc. Maybe it works out for you, maybe you get screwed. Also, I have a brother in law who is an airline mechanic - another industry with poisonous management-labor relations. The stuff he tells me with a straight face about the causes of the problems in his industry are unbelievable.

Anonymous Megan McArdle commenter who said this? Fuck you. No, really, fuck you.

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Nov. 25th, 2008 09:05 pm
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Okay, I am going to say one more thing about the the auto industry bridge loan/bailout/money thing, and then shut up.

None of this is the UAW's fault. A union that secures good working conditions, decent health care, and a certain amount of job security for workers is doing exactly what it should, and the complaint that American auto companies can't compete because the damn unions are making management pay for health care is disgusting and shameful.

I believe in extremely careful supervision of management in exchange for the money. The people using this as an excuse to bust some unions need to be slapped around.

The UAW isn't perfect, and they may need to take a hit on this one. Let's not confuse regrettable necessity with justice. Blaming the unions for this crisis is the opposite of justice.

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