There is an important question to ask — What will a world without unions look like, more specifically, what will replace them? I suspect we are going to see a much more sophisticated set of associations replace unions. After all, the American Medical Association does a better job of squelching workplace competition than any trade union. This model of workers seeking to craft work and compensation rules will mostly benefit the mid-skilled and higher-skilled workers. There is little money to be made organizing low-skilled workers, who, after all, are poor. Whatever happens, it is clear the ghost of the American labor movement is largely quiet.
Michael J. Hicks, Ph.D., is director of the Center for Business and Economic Research and a professor of economics at Ball State University. Contact him at email@example.com.