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Do Unions still serve a purpose in American industry?

Right to Union (Or right to work) laws that give individuals the right to opt out of unionization in certain state have been been shown to increase the economic well-being of a state or municipality. Extremely union friendly areas (Such as Detroit and Chicago) have been exponentially harmed in terms of both industry and the public good due to heavy unionization.

Due to the highly regulated nature and subsequently safer environments of modern American industry, do we still need unions? If so/not, why?

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    Oct 30 2013: definitely. unions are a great tool of eliminating competition and outlawing change. everyone hates competition and change.

    disclaimer: the above is true for unions supported by special laws. free associations of workers would be a very different matter.

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