Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Why Unions are Corporations are Unions...

The main argument for the purity of Bernie Sanders' campaign is that he doesn't take money from big corporations, that he speaks for the little man against the soulless corporate structure. He gets the majority of his support from private contributions and the unions.

The truth is, American unions are corporate structures. As is pointed out in this article, "most major companies in this country are owned by capital unions whose members are called shareholders." Unions and corporations are not only alike, they are inextricably connected.

Sanders likes to tout himself as the champion of the little guy but the truth is both he and Clinton are connected to Wall Street, just through two different avenues. If Clinton is elected, Wall Street will drive the government. If Sanders is elected, Wall Street will drive the government, just through an intermediary: the unions.

The structure of a labor union is so similar to the structure of a business corporation as to be almost identical. The true difference between the two is not money or politics, it is perception.

Unions are perceived as friendly to their members. The truth of the matter is, there are fewer protections from adverse action for members of unions than there are for employees of corporations. In fact, union members have to go to the US government if they have a grievance against their union but they must go through the union to carry grievance against the corporation. This actually draws a parallel between unions and government as well.

This is why organized crime has been drawn to unions. Unions represent entities that are increasingly becoming independent from government jurisdiction. If Sanders is elected, that independence will become more pronounced. This is not to say Sanders is being bankrolled by organized crime. It is simply a fact that unions are less about social justice and more about control of the labor force, just as corporate management wants control. And unions have more leverage to exercise that control than corporations do.

The difference is, the federal government has a stranglehold on corporate power. It can legislate regulation on corporations. The federal government has no power over labor unions. In fact, the federal government actually is riddled with unions. Government unions often threaten, and actually have, gone on strike against the government.

Politics, unions, and the public welfare are too often mutually exclusive terms.