The teacher's union defends the practice of tenure, which makes teachers difficult to fire after a certain number of years, while a younger and untenured individual might be superior in the position.
Today, in America, a non-unionized company is more likely to provide extensive benefits to workers to attract the best employees. There is a less adversarial relationship between management and labor: the most desirable companies to work for in America, such as Google, Facebook, and Starbucks boast how their nonunionized workforces have everything from vision care to free or discounted food. Traditional, blue-collar or skilled assembly line work has been outsourced to cheaper and nonunionized workforces overseas. While the benefits of unionization had a positive impact upon American history, with the exception of a few industries and professions, such as auto workers and teachers, the traditional trade union seems to have become a thing of the past for a larger and larger percentage of American workers.
Mishel, Lawrence & Matthew Walters. How unions help all workers.
The Economic Policy Institute. August 26, 2003. February 16, 2010. http://www.epi.org/publications/entry/briefingpapers_bp143/
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