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Corruption or not???,
This review is from: Solidarity for Sale: How Corruption Destroyed the Labor Movement and Undermined America's Promise (Hardcover)
Though Fitch does not offer any solutions, his expose is well chronicled. The documentation and stories are entertaining as well as informative, and his analysis does not omit the real flaw of unions then and now: the failure to be incorruptible. It doesn't matter if the corruptions is based on financial gain or status gain. Who are the people in the upper ranks of the unions? Aren't they usually the darlings of the administration? I belonged to my professional union for a few years late in my career. Observing corruption and favoritism in the very beginning of my employment, I did not join. Then, years leter I joined, only to leave again in total disgust. The union did absolutely nothing for the workers. Whatever conflicts arose between workers and employer, it seemed that the union always bowed down to the employer. And did they help establish better working conditions? Better pay? Better benefits? I have serious doubts, since change and improvement had already been planned as not to lose workers to other industries.
The book can make you think, and it could potentially serve as a tool to get more workers OUT of unions.
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Initial post: Jun 6, 2012 10:58:03 PM PDT
Paul V. McDowell says:
No real solutions, perhaps, but if a book is accurate in its analysis of unions, the first task has been accomplished. Now the time has come to figure our what the solutions might be. To take a parallel example, Karl Marx spent most of his working life analyzing in detail the nature of capital. He spend little of his time on the nature of a non-existent socialism because to do so would be speculative without a thorough grounding of capitalism. Fitch's analysis seems to be of the same genre
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