Card Check: What Unions Do

By May 23, 2009Labor Unions

A helpful backgrounder on the economics of unionization from James Sherk, the Heritage Foundation’s top labor expert, “What Unions Do: How Labor Unions Affect Jobs and the Economy“:

What do unions do? The AFL-CIO argues that unions offer a pathway to higher wages and prosperity for the middle class. Critics point to the collapse of many highly unionized domestic industries and argue that unions harm the economy. To whom should policymakers listen? What unions do has been studied extensively by economists, and a broad survey of academic studies shows that while unions can sometimes achieve benefits for their members, they harm the overall economy.

Labor’s claim that the Employee Free Choice Act would produce a stronger, larger middle class has always been more a profession of faith than an actual argument.

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