There was a time when labor unions played a necessary role in protecting workers against monopolistic companies that had no competition and took advantage of their workers. Those days are over as companies compete for the best employees. The unions demanded more and more costly benefits, and shareholders and company leadership resisted. Many American companies were put out of business because they were not competitive as a result, and workers lost their jobs all together.
Then unions discovered a new home – public employees. (Do public employees need protection from “oppressive” cities, states and the federal government?) Instead of having to battle company executives who care about the future of their organizations and are negotiating with their own money, now they negotiate with politicians who are dealing with other people’s money, and only want to get re-elected – so they won’t fight.
Now public sector workers can’t be fired if they perform poorly, so there is no incentive for workers to get better. Workers can work for just 20 years, and taxpayers have to pay them for the rest of their lives. Often worker A retires, worker B is hired and retires, and worker C is hired. We are paying three workers to have one working. Or worker A retires from one town and collects a full pension and health benefits while they get another job in another town, only to retire from the second town and get a second pension.
We have committed to paying trillions of dollars in pensions and benefits to public workers – and nobody knows where the money will come from.
If the parasite kills this host, it’s a very very big host, and we will all suffer greatly.