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Greg Worden

Entrepreneur and Adjunct Professor of Sustainable Business, Worden Associates

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Are unions in the US still relevant?

Hostess is closing eliminating 18.500 jobs due, in part, to 5,000 bakery union members striking while the Teamsters had already accepted a deal. True, the company had been mismanaged but this appears to be an example of a union cutting off its nose despite its face. The US has some of the best worker-protection laws in the world. Is this an example of good union leadership or is it an example of unions acting as though it was still 1905? Are unions still relevant in the US today?

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    Nov 20 2012: Ahhh, the vaunted TPS is truly impressive. It's really a system that has evolved over a very long period of time with a unique culture within Toyota. The great thing is that Toyota values the opinions and skills of their employees already. No union required.
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      Nov 21 2012: It was created over a long period of time. But the Fremont plant demonstrates that it does not need to take a long time to recreate or even requires model employees as the Fremont employees were there own caricature of Homer Simpson type employees only worse.

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