Union Nostalgia Won't Cut It in Modern World
Charles Krauthammer: Lower wages better than unemployment
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2012 12:37 PM CST
Protesters wear stickers to illustrate loss in wages from the right-to-work law in Lansing, Mich., Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

(Newser) – It might be "shocking" that Michigan of all places is now a right-to-work state, but it was also "inevitable," writes Charles Krauthammer in the Washington Post. Expect the rest of the Rust Belt to follow suit, because while it's nice to look back fondly on the post-war glory years of the UAW, modern reality is that "the heyday of the sovereign private-sector union is gone," he writes. Globalization has made sure of it.

Krauthammer professes "great admiration for the dignity and protections trade unionism has brought to American workers," and acknowledges that de-unionization likely means lower wages for workers. But at least they'll have jobs. "Higher wages or lower unemployment? It is a wrenching choice." But this "recalibration" is necessary for America's recovery. Read his full column here.

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right2dave
Dec 17, 2012 2:27 AM CST
But what will Tony "Scarface" Lonza do for a no show job?
DickGosinya
Dec 16, 2012 8:54 PM CST
U=unemployed N=nincompoops I= in O=Obama N=Nation
WillieJenkins666
Dec 15, 2012 8:00 PM CST
Unions demand high labor costs, progressive democrats support heavy handed (and costly) regulation on everything, progressive democrats support high taxes, progressive democrats support environmental laws that go well above "protecting the environment". The end result is that if someone wants to earn any money, you best get your stuff built in China. These idiot progressives (and that's what they are...f'n worthless IDIOTS) think everyone is entitled to a high union-wage job. They don't want a $1 menu at McDonalds...they want a $5 menu. And when McDonalds franchises start closing because people can't afford the food, then the greedy owner was at fault for a bad business model. Liberal democrats are scum and it is time to put our boots on their necks as they have done to everyone else.