America can't afford to pay union workers over 4 times the minimum wage.
Here in Los Angeles, we recently went through a Port of L.A. Clerks' strike. This group is unionized and was supported by the much powerful Longshoremen Union. The strike crippled cargo shipments.
The Port Clerks were getting paid over $80,000. 00 to start and yet were clamoring for more. The excuse of the clerks was that the strike wasn't about pay. It was about outsourcing and losing jobs to automation. The suit was settled and the Clerks ended getting a $1.00 per hour raise on top of their exorbitant pay.
A message go these people: We live in a global society where there is competition for your job! Your job can be eliminated if it can be done cheaply elsewhere. We live in a competitive world.
Whey should I buy a $35,000 U.S. produced car when I can buy a Japanese or Chinese car at $25,000 with the same quality?
Why should I pay U.S. union workers $80,000 when there is competition for his or her job?
The first step is to get gov't out of dictating wages and benefits an employer must pay. Wages and benefits must be an agreement between labor and mgt.. Next non union people must understand they are the ones that pay for all union benefits. You ask how? Higher prices and higher taxes.
Think about it. No company has ever paid its employees directly. CUSTOMERS PAY FOR EVERY THING. NO CUSTOMERS, NO BUSINESS. Gov't pays its employees by the taxes poor people pay. Raise the salary of gov't employees, easy, raise taxes.
Non union people you pay everything and through the nose.
We could jiwe lowered minimum wage by a factor of 6. The problem is the quality is still much worse than from countries with higher educational standards like Japan and Korea. Even if the UAW went away would anyone buy a Volt or a Pontiac or an Oldsmobile or any other GM car?