The Public Stake in Union Power

The Public Stake in Union Power

The Public Stake in Union Power

The Public Stake in Union Power

Excerpt

Throughout the history of any country a series of major economic problems passes continuously across the political stage. In the case of the United States the disposal of public lands, tariffs, improper and unfair business practices, the reform of the financial system--to name but a few--has each at some time been the focus of public attention. In all these situations the public has had an important stake. Currently the power of trade unions is a subject of controversy, and in this instance, too, the public has a stake.

In matters of such scope and complexity there is great temptation to rely on the specialist. As regards these problems, which are commonly termed "practical," a predisposition exists to assume that they should be dealt with only by persons deemed expert by those who have a direct knowledge of and an immediate interest in the subject.

This has been the approach employed in a variety of organizations, including numerous university economics departments and business schools, in approaching the issues inherent in the powers of unions. Reliance has been placed either on persons versed in the skills of labor arbitration or on persons who follow the adaptive approach and emphasize psychological and other techniques that are helpful when adjusting to difficult situations. Both points of view have a useful place in an imperfect world. Yet it is observable that most academic experts in this field have largely ignored two of the major public issues in the contemporary scene: the consequences of union monopoly power; and corruption, with its twin "thug unionism."

Similarly, in the history of broad national economic issues it is observable that specialists in one or another individual aspect of a problem have not always been able to provide solutions. Significant as have been the opinions of experts who had direct business involvement in particular situations, their composite view has not always . . .

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.