Young Voices Editor Casey Given was published in The Daily Caller about what Boeing’s recent agreement with their machinist union means for the future of the American labor movement.
Washington that 22 other states sought to snatch, the deal has nonetheless been marred by controversy because of the union’s concession to wean its workforce off of a traditional pension plan. New Boeing hires will instead be enrolled in a 401(k)-style retirement savings account that has become the norm in non-unionized workplaces in recent decades, leading many publications like theLos Angeles Times to decry the “decline of union clout” and “death of the middle class.”
Americans should not be fooled by such scaremongering. While it’s true that unions have been losing influence over the past half-century with historically low membership, the new economic order of global capitalism has created more wealth for world markets and more opportunities for historically disenfranchised workers than any other era of history. In this light, Boeing’s deal should thus not be seen as an omen of organized labor’s impending death, but a sign of their necessary evolution.
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