"This tends to be a particular problem any time you have a democratic union. Dictatorial unions with little control by rank and file members allow union leaders to ignore the special interests of long seniority employees and negotiate a fair deal for everyone. But the more democratic the union, the more senior employees pig on on benefits at the expense of all other employees, customers and investors."^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^Actually, wouldn't a "democratic" union would tend to vote greater benefits to the majority of the membership - such that if there were many newer members the union would tend to emphasize causes that would support the younger members - oppositeif the membership were composed of mainly veteran members. A union controlled by a "personality" or a "special group" (e.g. criminals/thugs) would make deals to funnel funds where the "leadership" wants without regard to the members.This tends to be the problem mature unions are faced with - theleadership does not respond to the members or actively stealsfrom the membership in some circumstances.Witness the Teamsters of Jimmy Hoffa amongst others. If done with sufficient finesse, the membership elects thesame leaders even if they are actively harmed by the leadership.When union membership can withdraw from one union tojoin an alternate union organization, there tends to be a greatertendency for union leadership to develop the capacity tolisten to membership.Course, this is not an approach favored by most unions - but it hashappened - particularly in some of the service unions. But union competition - as has been the case with many original union developments can be discouraged with sufficient baseballbats or machine guns in sufficient hands. Pretty much holds true for any organization. The ability to listento members, stakeholders, customers tends to improve withcompetition.Lack of competition eventually leads to the "absolute power corrupts"end seen repeatedly in human history. Howie52
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