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The relevance of Unions

How do you feel about unions in the work force? Should unions be allowed to run the system?

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Unions have been a controversial topic since their inception. The Bureau of Labor Statistics website (http://www.bls.gov/news.release/union2.nr0.htm) reveals that in 2004, 12.5% of wage and salary workers were union members as compared with 12.9% in 2003. The rate has steadily declined from a high of 20.1% in 1983. Most union members work for the government. Teachers, librarians, police officers, and firefighters make up the bulk of this group.
There are several arguments on both sides of the issue of whether or not labor unions are necessary. Some people argue that unions are still necessary today:
1) They protect against excessive work loads, decreased staffing, less pay and decreased benefits.
2) A union is really just a group of workers, who have organized themselves to solve problems that individually, they would be unable to fix. Groups have more power and strength than individuals and can effect employers to ...

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The solution discusses the role and relevance of the Unions in terms of protecting the interest of their members and their role in the way businesses and industries are run (see original problem).