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Subject:  Re: Thomas Sowell on the unions killing Hostess Date:  11/21/2012  1:49 PM
Author:  1poorguy Number:  656373 of 794771

Workers have mobility. They're not tied to the city/town/county/state they were born in. They can move to places that maximize their skills.

In principle, yes. In practice, not so much. For example, even I as a white-collar professional am limited because my industry is not everywhere. There are distinct locations where my skill-set might be usable (a bit in Phoenix, some in Austin, some in Oregon, etc). Most places, no. For blue-collar it is worse (not only because of location-specific jobs, but also because their skills are not usually difficult to replace so they have no negotiating power at all).

Certainly I agree that people are more mobile, often (even perhaps usually) leaving the pl