How Union Bigs Transform America

Adversarial collective bargaining makes do in today's competitive economy
While “everyone knows” that manufacturing employment has fallen over the past generation, that decrease has occurred almost entirely in unionized firms. In 1977, non-union manufacturers employed 12.5 million workers; in 2012, they employ ... 12.5 million workers.

Unionized manufacturing employment dropped 80 percent over that same period. The de-industrialization of America is really a de-unionization.

WaPo doesn’t explore why this is happening, but academic researchers have.

One major factor: Unionized companies invest 15 to 25 percent less in capital and R&D than comparable non-union firms. Less investment makes businesses less competitive, so they create fewer jobs.

Unionized firms invest less for two reasons.
(full story at nationalreview.com)

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