I come from a long line of union members. My father, grandfather, and greatgrandfather were all union members during most of their working lives.
The labor unions have traditionally fought hard against laws which could result in lower wages for its’ members. They lobby Congress for higher minimum wage, better working conditions and the like. Labor unions have also often resorted to violence against those who they think are threats to their job security.
I remember my grandfather telling my dad that back in his day, that strikers would take baseball bats and beat nonunion labor that tried to take their jobs. I guess crossing a picket line was dangerous stuff back then. My dad would also honor picket lines and refused to work nonunion for much of his life.
A lot of that is excessive, but it did serve to protect the wages and jobs of the union members. I mention this not because I’m totally for or against unions. I see both the good and the bad in them.
I just bring all that up in the context of the labor unions being silent about illegal immigration. I can’t understand why something that has the effect of lowering the price of labor would not be opposed by the unions.
Now a lot of people have the notion that illegals only take jobs Americans wont do. Thats not true at all. Illegals are working in all sorts of jobs and trades now. From construction to meatpacking, to landscaping to all of the service industries. It’s plainly not true that Americans won’t do these jobs, or this country would never have prospered in the past.
I’m just wondering why the labor unions havent protested illegals doing work for a fraction of what the going rate is. With an estimated 8-12 million illegals in this country, thats a lot of cheap labor. They’ve basicly taken over the construction industry in Southern California. They also tend to work for cash and not pay any taxes. Here’s an article that says that up to 30% of all workers in LA county are working under the table for cash.
Where are the labor unions on that? Doesn’t that hurt their members when there is such a large pool of cheap labor?
I don’t believe that 50 years ago that the unions would have tolerated open borders.
Now, I can see why a business owner would hire illegals at the expense of other workers. He’s getting a great deal on labor and will be able to fatten his profits. So, thats understandable on his part, although still criminal. I just don’t get it why the unions are silent.