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Labor Day Tribute: Why Unions Suck

In the 1930’s, when workers in San Antonio forced by the Depression into degrading pay and conditions organized to improve their plight, they set in motion a series of unintended consequences.  Their labor union, organized by authentic Communists, aimed to … Continue reading

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The San Antonio Pecan Workers’ Strike of 1938

In the early 20th century, San Antonio had become the center of a modestly lucrative industry – pecan processing.  Prior to the Depression, the business had started taking steps toward mechanization, but the country’s economic collapse began to reverse that … Continue reading

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Capitalism, Unions, and Offshoring (Part VII): Lessons Learned

In the last six installments of this series, Egalitarius’ management encouraged its workers to unionize, and then instituted several aggressive cost-cutting measures to offset the cost of more expensive unionized labor. In another scenario, Egalitarius’ unionized workforce went on strike. In the last … Continue reading

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Capitalism, Unions, and Offshoring (Part VI): Recession

In the last installment of this series, Egalitarius’ management instituted several aggressive cost-cutting measures to offset the cost of more expensive unionized labor, and Meritocratus’ management moved its production facilities offshore. This scenario starts before Egalitarius’ strike begins. As both companies … Continue reading

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Capitalism, Unions, and Offshoring (Part V): Offshoring

In the last four installments of this series, the Widget Worker’s Union (WWU) brought Egalitarius to its knees with a strike that ultimately forced the company to declare bankruptcy. Before the WWU strike, Egalitarius’ management instituted several aggressive cost-cutting measures to offset the … Continue reading

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Capitalism, Unions, and Offshoring (Part IV): Strike!

After Egalitarius’ management launched its cost-cutting program in response to worker unionization, the Widget Workers’s Union (WWU) called for a strike. The union contended that Egalitarius’ cuts constituted unfair retaliation against the workforce’s unionization. It is also complained that the inferior materials Egalitarius now used were hazardous to the … Continue reading

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