Tech Companies Worried About Unions
from the recession-time... dept
Collective bargaining is one thing, but unions tend to be more focused on protectionism, rather than just getting workers together to bargain a deal. And much of our innovative environment is encouraged by a dynamic workforce with increased job mobility, allowing for a cross-pollination of ideas, as opposed to a stagnant and limited workforce. Unionization takes away the necessary flexibility of both workers and employers, greatly slowing down the pace of innovation. It could make sense in a static, totally mature environment, but it's difficult to think of many of those. These days, almost every industry needs to be innovating, and you don't do that with a unionized structure. Just the very nature of building a structure that encourages an antagonistic relationship between "workers" and "management" misses the point, these days. A friend mentioned the other day that workers today are more likely to be shareholders than union members, so perhaps they'll recognize this and not go down a bad path that leads to fewer jobs, less innovation and more economic toil. Unions are the last thing that the tech industry needs right now.