Unions – The Muscle of the Empires of Collusion
Labor and trade unions once claimed they were standing up for the little guy against the rapacious interests of industry. But as labor has accumulated political power over the generations, is has become its own special interest, one that often stands with industry against the little guy – the average consumer.
In recent years we have witnessed unions collude with powerful business interests in an effort to thwart trade. The end result is higher prices, diminished growth and harm to the consumer.
And we have seen unions collude with environmental radicals in a “blue-green alliance” that advances selective and parochial goals while riding roughshod over the concerns and liberties of global consumers.
Many unions used to believe that robust economic growth was a cornerstone of their long-run strategy. But as unions have become wealthy and powerful entities in their own right, they now have the luxury of throttling growth as long as it serves their purposes.
There was a time in industrial history when unions advanced the interests of the powerless and the put upon. They cared deeply about economic growth.
Today, labor and trade unions in the developed world are wealthy and have morphed into another special interest. They are actively trying to stop economic advance. They are a key portion of the Empires of Collusion.
Unions in rich western countries resent that they must compete in a global marketplace. Their short-term focus tells them that competing weakens them. Yet, history shows that competition benefits all players in an industry. When American steel and automakers earned government protection from Japanese competition in the 1970s, they went into decline. Only once they were forced to compete did they sharpen their resolve, improve performance and come back from the brink of destruction.
Of course, the greatest beneficiaries of free trade and open competition are consumers. Competition yields rising product quality and falling prices.
But unions don’t care about consumer rights and interests. And so they are promoting myriad obstacles to trade in the paper manufacturing sector.
They have even entered into a “blue-green alliance” with radical environmental groups. Most greens distrust or even despise industrial unions, reliant as union jobs are on fossil fuel consumption. But unions are so committed to thwarting competition that they have joined with their erstwhile green enemies to fight Asian imports. It is a sign of how desperate they have become and how far they will go to stick it to consumers at home and workers in other countries.