Another Labour Day Parade where there seemed to be more people in the parade than there were on the parade route , raises the question of whether or not unions are still effective and relevant .
Clearly, unions don’t have the same clout that they did years ago.
Union membership is significantly decreased because of technology.
Companies don’t require tens of thousands of workers in steel plants or auto manufacturing because machines and computers are used more and more.
And because of globalization, unions don’t often have the leaverage in contract negotiations .
Pandering politicians and archaic union leaders will try to blame government and management for their troubles.
Fact is, there’s more than enough blame to go around.
Governments awarded lucrative contracts to public sector unions for years, thinking there was an inexhaustible supply of tax dollars to pay the cost.
And both government and union leaders ignored the fact that for years now, a shrinking workforce and increased number of pensioners was putting us on a course for economic peril.
As the Bob Dylan classic stated, ‘The times, they are a-changing’.
Union leaders who understand that the rules have changed ,that co-operation , not confrontation is the better way to deal with the new , economic realities , show that they want to be part of the solution to this economic mess we’ve created.