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Are Unions Still a Necessary Component of our Workforce?

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Some people say that unions have outlived their usefulness. Do you agree with this statement? What do you think would happen if we no longer had unions in this country? Do unions have any effect on outsourcing to other countries, in your view? Why or why not?

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I do not agree with this statement. We have seen increases and decreases at different periods, throughout the past few decades. There are industries where unions are very prevalent, and for good reason. One example is within the public service sector. When we consider the hours that firefighters, police officers, and radio dispatchers work, along with other public service workers, we can see the length of work shifts involved and less than optimal working conditions, in a variety of circumstances. Unions are heavily used in these industries ...

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This solution explains if unions have outlived their usefulness. This solution also discusses what would happen if unions no longer existed, and how outsourcing affects unions. A detailed response is provided.

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