ELi5: What are unions and why are people so for it or so against it?

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ELi5: What are unions and why are people so for it or so against it?

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Anonymous 0 Comments

Unions are a tool used to protect workers from exploitation. Companies hate them because they cut into profit. Negotiations between the union and company help ensure raises, Leave and medical coverage. In some instances, it can protect from arbitrary firing. Unfortunately, there were some corruption and extortion issues that caused a lot of union busting. So now we have a gig culture because companies have more power than people

Anonymous 0 Comments

Unions are a tool used to protect workers from exploitation. Companies hate them because they cut into profit. Negotiations between the union and company help ensure raises, Leave and medical coverage. In some instances, it can protect from arbitrary firing. Unfortunately, there were some corruption and extortion issues that caused a lot of union busting. So now we have a gig culture because companies have more power than people

Anonymous 0 Comments

Unions are a tool used to protect workers from exploitation. Companies hate them because they cut into profit. Negotiations between the union and company help ensure raises, Leave and medical coverage. In some instances, it can protect from arbitrary firing. Unfortunately, there were some corruption and extortion issues that caused a lot of union busting. So now we have a gig culture because companies have more power than people

Anonymous 0 Comments

A union is when a group of employees band together to protect their interests. An employer can fire one person for asking for a raise, but if every other employee agrees to walk off the job until they all get raises, the company will soon find themselves unable to do business. The union will negotiate with the employer to make a contract with standards for pay, training, benefits, and sick leave among other things.

There are a lot of reasons to be pro- or anti-union. A major positive that they allow workers to negotiate for better treatment more effectively than they could on their own. A negative is that they can sometimes protect bad employees or make it harder for someone to get a promotion or better work schedule if there is an employee who “deserves” it more due to seniority.

Anonymous 0 Comments

A union is when a group of employees band together to protect their interests. An employer can fire one person for asking for a raise, but if every other employee agrees to walk off the job until they all get raises, the company will soon find themselves unable to do business. The union will negotiate with the employer to make a contract with standards for pay, training, benefits, and sick leave among other things.

There are a lot of reasons to be pro- or anti-union. A major positive that they allow workers to negotiate for better treatment more effectively than they could on their own. A negative is that they can sometimes protect bad employees or make it harder for someone to get a promotion or better work schedule if there is an employee who “deserves” it more due to seniority.

Anonymous 0 Comments

Unions are when workers unite and agree to collectively bargain together for a contract with a boss. If the owners refuse, the workers can go on strike and prevent the company from doing business. Back in the day, the bosses would try to hire ‘scab’ labor, which lead to violence. Eventually, after years of struggle, workers got the right to organize. Unions gave us things like the eight hour day, child labor laws, OSHA, unemployment insurance, laws against sexual harassment, etc etc.

Unions are hated by the ruling class, because they want cheap labor. They will spend a lot of money on politicians who make anti-union laws.

Anonymous 0 Comments

Unions are when workers unite and agree to collectively bargain together for a contract with a boss. If the owners refuse, the workers can go on strike and prevent the company from doing business. Back in the day, the bosses would try to hire ‘scab’ labor, which lead to violence. Eventually, after years of struggle, workers got the right to organize. Unions gave us things like the eight hour day, child labor laws, OSHA, unemployment insurance, laws against sexual harassment, etc etc.

Unions are hated by the ruling class, because they want cheap labor. They will spend a lot of money on politicians who make anti-union laws.

Anonymous 0 Comments

Unions are when workers unite and agree to collectively bargain together for a contract with a boss. If the owners refuse, the workers can go on strike and prevent the company from doing business. Back in the day, the bosses would try to hire ‘scab’ labor, which lead to violence. Eventually, after years of struggle, workers got the right to organize. Unions gave us things like the eight hour day, child labor laws, OSHA, unemployment insurance, laws against sexual harassment, etc etc.

Unions are hated by the ruling class, because they want cheap labor. They will spend a lot of money on politicians who make anti-union laws.

Anonymous 0 Comments

All the other answers are pretty good, but here’s a much simpler version: a union is a group of workers working together (ie forming a *union*) to protect themselves. If they all act together instead of as individuals, then they can achieve much more. Pro-unionists want workers to have this power, anti-unionists don’t.

Anonymous 0 Comments

All the other answers are pretty good, but here’s a much simpler version: a union is a group of workers working together (ie forming a *union*) to protect themselves. If they all act together instead of as individuals, then they can achieve much more. Pro-unionists want workers to have this power, anti-unionists don’t.