Unions in developed nations often oppose imports from low-wage countries and advocate trade barriers to protect jobs from what they often characterize as “unfair” import competition. Is such competition “unfair”? Do you think that this argument is in the best interests of ( a ) the unions, ( b ) the people they represent, and/or ( c ) the country as a whole? (a) The Unions - Categorizing importing products from countries with cheap labor as “unfair’, is obviously in the best interest of the unions. Every product made by someone other than a union employee, is a product that was made by someone that doesn’t pay union dues. Unions are able to exist because of the dues paid by its members. In 2011, the average monthly dues paid union members was about fifty dollars. Globalization has severely crippled the labor unions over the past twenty years. In 1983, union membership rate was 20.1 percent. In 2010, that number had fallen to only 10.9 percent. Union membership was at an even higher rate prior to 1983, but no
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