Article summary- Against unions
The article titled “Labor Union 'Studies' Lead To Minimum Wage Legislative Malpractice” written by Richard Berman appeared in the Forbes magazine on the 18th of October 2013. The author states that the main role of unions, which is to lobby for pay increases, harms the employees and the economy at large.
He asserts that the demands by unions for an increase in the minimum wage make no economic sense. This is because an increase in wages will make labor more expensive leading to a decrease in the demand for jobs. This means that the number of jobs available, especially at entry level, will reduce and working hours will be reduced for those who will remain in employment.
Summary of an article that supports unions
The article written by Steven Greenhouse titled “Union Drive Doesn’t Bother Management, but G.O.P. Fumes” appeared on The New York Times on the 11th of February 2014. It highlights the issues surrounding the unionization of VW workers at the Chattanooga plant. The author reports that the management of the plant supports the unionization of its workers because it will lead to better communication between the workers and the plant’s management.
This communication will ensure that the employees and the managers collaborate during policy formulation to ensure that the policies serve the interests of both parties. This, the management believes, will lead to an increase in the productivity and success of the plant. This article shows how unions benefit industries by increasing productivity through increased communication between workers and employees.
Berman, Richard. “Labor Union 'Studies' Lead To Minimum Wage Legislative Malpractice” Forbes. 18 October 2013. Web
Greenhouse, Steven. “Union Drive Doesn’t Bother Management, but G.O.P. Fumes” The New York Times. 11th February 2014. Web