Unions: ‘As dead as a Ding-Dong’?

The latest to fall victim to unions? The Twinkie. Hostess, the maker of the iconic Twinkie, announced it is filing for bankruptcy after unions rejected the company’s reduced union benefits proposal.

In short, the unions wouldn’t blinkie. Goodbye, Twinkie. James Sherk, a senior policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation, explains it this way.

[Unions] make companies less nimble, less competitive. A unionized firm takes longer to respond to changing market conditions. It has to negotiate any changes with the union, and unions are not always reasonable. So unionized companies invest less, make less, and create fewer jobs than non-union firms. Over time they wither away.

Union membership is shrinking as the damage they do to businesses and employees becomes increasingly clear. Unions have responded by trying to make it harder to refuse their services. As Sherk concludes,

These changes would only make union organizing easier. They would not make unionizing a better deal for workers. The union movement won’t recover until it gets a new business model — one that actually helps companies and workers compete in the marketplace. Few workers want to make their company as dead as a Ding-Dong.

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