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Monday, 17 July 2017 19:00

Before millennials unionize, they should consider labor's downsides

Written by  Zachary Yost

In Kashana Cauley's recent New York Times op-ed, "Why Millennials Should Lead the Next Labor Movement," she raises several points about the benefits that union membership provides and why millennials should fight for a revival in the labor movement.

Cauley's description of higher wages, guaranteed days off, and good health benefits is certainly attractive to many millennials struggling to find their way in today's difficult economy.

Yet, before millennials rush to start unionizing their workplaces, they should consider some of the consequences and tradeoffs that come with being in a union.

Like Cauley, I, too, am in a union: the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW). Being in a union certainly does come with some of the perks Cauley described. After a certain period of time, I have access to excellent healthcare benefits at very low cost, I am guaranteed a set raise every six months, and it would be very difficult for my employer to fire me.

However, there are also several downsides to being in a union that blow a few clouds into the sunny picture that Cauley painted.

There are trade-offs and costs to every action, and unions are no different, especially when it comes to money. Unions cost money to run, and unless you live in a right-to-work state, there is no way you can opt-out of paying dues if you have a unionized workplace.

Read more at The Washington Examiner

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