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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

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    Wisconsin and Stockholm Syndrome

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Tue Feb 22, 2011 at 07:42:10 AM EST
    Tags: Stockholm syndrome, Unions, Labor, Competition, Michigan, Wisconsin, Government (all tags)

    Its going on in Wisconsin, but here in Michigan, we have our own troubles.

    The unions have pretty much had their way for decades, and our proof of their successes might have labels like made in Detroit, Flint, Saginaw, etc..  Looking at those cities, one might find merely shells of what were once vibrant and very wealthy communities.  Hosts to a variety of industries that our great state of Michigan once held out as shining examples of both ingenuity, and determination.  People thrived, all the while unknowing that their guts were being eaten out by the parasites that care little about the health of their host.

    Parasites that eagerly move along to infect the next body willing to tolerate their presence until it too is dead.  And now, as we have discovered, there are fewer sanctuaries for the bubonic labor movement, and perhaps in government, it is where they will make their final stand.  Either their methods will die in a bloody screaming hissy, or our state governments might.  Or perhaps both.

    And its truly a shame.

    Man makes decisions. Its one of the pretty cool things we have been endowed by our creator with. The ability to decide, communicate, create, negotiate, all given to us as 'rights' not by government, nor by a king, nor even by a government sanctioned body like the NLRB.

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    Labor unions might well have a great place.

    but not in the form which currently makes them up. Not in the disease state which forces their posturing from one dying industry to the next with one intent; to gain maximum advantage within the industry while protecting the weakest link within the union.

    It makes little sense, but serves a feel good interest.  Equalize the outcomes, and everybody is a winner as a goal.  Except even equalizing the outcome for the working man, it brings great wealth to the operators of such plans. Six figure salaries common enough among the 'really good' union organizers seemingly would contradict the nature of "protecting the middle class and leveling the playing field."

    As I have pointed out before, there is a way that union can serve the greater good, serve their membership, and recreate in this country what has been missing since the 'progressive' movement has hijacked labor forever ago.  The will to compete; to be better; to reward the investor; to win through achievement, not mandate.  I wrote:

    "Michigan is blessed with many differing trade unions, but these entities produce little real result in terms of real benefit for the employees who subscribe to their services.  Making the UAW, Teamsters, or any other union a "for profit" business would create a radical new environment and open the door to unlimited opportunities.  The benefits of private ownership drive personal motivation, and a quest for quality in performance and result.

    I have taken this opportunity to highlight a few benefits which would result from a structural change by "privatizing" below.

    Selectivity.  The UNION could determine if the prospective member meets criteria.  Ownership of the union would mean the members do not want sloth, or any form of nonperformance, as it would reflect on them as a whole.

    Competition. Smaller Unions could openly compete, and the competition would help keep quality high, while maintaining an ownership that is manageable.  It is a proven concept that any can understand.

    Standing. the ability to guarantee the best available employees to prospective companies.  this would ensure the companies would WANT to have the union employees, because if you were truly good, you would be a member of one of the better unions.

    Discrimination. Choice would afford the truly worthy an opportunity to stand out in Elite union structures.  The best of the best, and would be a sought after commodity, bringing up wages for ALL. An individual would be able to use reputation to seek out the best unions.

    Opportunity. Bringing up Industry performance as a whole which would remind the world why products made in the USA are the best.  New infrastructure would develop as the goods we make would be greatly sought after once again.

    Pride. Natural selection and drive of better union workers would provide a prideful environment for those workers as a "guild," a collection of peers and equals who have a better respect the work they perform.

    Morality. Regain a moral high ground as providers of proper manpower for jobs which need filling.  No longer would the "Union Label" mean that the manufacturer was forced to overpay the help for an "adequate" product, but that they had sought out the most talented craftsmen money could buy to build it with pride.

    Honor. It would put honor back in the trades as creators of wealth, rather than usurpers of mere redistributive policy.  The removal of government intervention between agreeable parties seeking to benefit each other would restore the faith in individual liberty.

    Innovation. Imaginative and unique manufacturing processes would be spawned, as the competing unions would seek to add value to their product.  US Manufacturers would regain the strength and again be seen as providers for the highest quality products on the planet without question.

    All of these goals could be met, but only if the Unions themselves step back and away from the adversarial role they currently  have with employers and corporate  management. As a business, the union would be responsible to its shareholders (the members) A free market "strike" would be to place the members at risk if not considered carefully.

    This can be accomplished NOW.

    A union could be formed with any group of employees perhaps within the automakers, banding together and demanding their place at the table of negotiations.  It would spark the beginning of a new era, one that isnt ruled by pompous stuffed shirts in leadership positions, but by those who actually lay hands on the product of their craft. The workers would still have bargaining ability but would not have the overhead of a forced insurance package, political donation, or six and seven figure leadership salaries to carry.

    Michigan has some of the finest workforce anywhere.  The tradesmen of michigan need to regain their voices and retake control of the reward for their work.  Union leadership, in its philandering manipulation of government has produced less opportunity, and a less than healthy manufacturing status.  A truly unique approach such as a venture into the privatization of the union enterprise is needed to bring out the best once again."

    And I mean it.

    Even in government it would work.  

    Imagine a small elite force of unionized government execs that know best how to structure community assets in a way that brings bang for the buck.  Though it would still require HARD decision making, the process brings ownership to the results.

    But we must first rid ourselves of the means which locks us into the current process.  This means eliminate work rules, mandates from the federal government, binding arbitration.  Until we remove those chains, no decision will ever be completely made by the stake holders in business, or government.  Neither the taxpayer, nor the businessman are served in the current environment of hostage takers and taxpayer 'Stockholm sufferers' who have given in to accept their keepers as being in their best interest.

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