Unions are amazing; they hold those in power in check. Those in power tend to want to hoard as much power as possible while raking in more money for themselves while their workers suffer. Be a good leader and take care of those who you have hired.
Business owners, there wouldn’t be a need for unions if you treated your employees like humans instead of a replaceable cog in a machine. Most times, employees' demands are simple, listen. You own the company you are set financially. It is now your responsibility to take care of your employees. If employees are happy and not stressed about money, we will enjoy work and become more productive. It’s simple workers want to be seen, heard, and acknowledged.
When unionizing, it’s a protected act, meaning you cannot be fired for it; know your rights.
Unions give a clear line of communication and tell you as a business owner you can improve your company because the people who do the job every day know how to improve it. Owners have to be humble and realize you are not perfect and infallible.
Through my years of dealing with owners of companies and the rich. That is the one thing I saw most the disconnect between people and profit. Meaning the owners want more money at the expense of their employees.
This pay isn’t taxed, but they give you 4/5 or some other fraction of your salary. It needs to be 100% of income. I cannot tell you how many stories I have read about people’s houses being foreclosed on, no food in the fridge due to the recklessness of companies. I have experienced this as well.
We need to give OSHA more power to shut down businesses for improper safety violations.
We need to make complaints to the EEOC, OHSA, and the labor commission easier because it’s usually one person going up against a company the company has money the individual doesn’t. Once again, from personal experience it is difficult, and takes a lot of perseverance.
The government needs to step up and change labor laws that empower the employee, not the employer.