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Old 10-09-2013, 05:27 AM
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Unions are a mixed blessing.

Certainly the conditions described by Bonosky were horrendous - akin to industrial conditions elsewhere at the time, I'm sure - and the descriptions I read of the Duquesne union battles, and employers' responses, were grim to say the least.

The flip side is Britain in the 70s when unions decided they ran the country and almost brought it to its knees with strikes and power cuts, and (perversely) ripped the guts out of British manufacturing at the same time, causing mass unemployment.

Even now the unions wield stupid power here politically. They hold a block vote within the Labour party and forced the election of a dubious and probably unelectable party leader (at odds with the candidate the party favoured) because they thought he would be the most sympathetic to them.
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