Monday, September 16, 2013

Memo to Ontario: Collective bargaining benefits employers

Our brothers and sisters in Ontario are fending off a corporate-backed effort to pass a No Rights At Work law. Their version of a Benedict Arnold Koch brothers' stink think tank put out a study claiming No Rights At Work would boost manufacturing and create jobs.

Andrew Jackson, a York University professor, wrote a terrific rebuttal in the Globe and Mail. He cites a slew of studies that demonstrate:
  • No significant link between anti-union laws and manufacturing employment trends (by state) in the United States.
  • North Carolina, which has the lowest rate of unionization in the U.S., lost a third of its manufacturing jobs in the past 10 years. 
  • Massachusetts and New Hampshire, which have significant high-tech industries, have unionization rates well above the American average and significant high-tech industries.
  • A World Bank study found no relationship between the rate of unionization and national economic or employment performance.
  • Unions reduce inequality. 
  • Unions result in higher productivity and lower turnover. 
Read the whole thing here.