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Monday, February 6, 2017
Time for a union?
On this weekend's radio show, we got a call from someone I'll call BQ suggesting chemists to
unionize in order to raise wages during the second hour.
I've gotta admit, I'm skeptical. Private sector union membership has been in decline for decades*; I doubt that chemists could reverse that trend. But ever since the election, I am downgrading my ability to predict the future. I am more open than ever to be told that I am wrong - readers, have at.
It seems to me that the time to create a union for chemists would be a time where individual chemists had power to exert over employers, i.e. employers suddenly have a high demand for chemists, and individual chemists forced employers to negotiate with a newly-formed union. Chemists would have to spend a lot of time organizing that union and signing up all the new graduates, etc., etc.
Anyone have a different scenario? Let's have it.
*This has been an active move on the part of private corporations - it did not happen in isolation.