I see your point here, and I don’t entirely disagree with it. I would say though that here in the U.S., the relationships between the unions, corporations, state and federal governments have been so contentious that I doubt we’ll see much change on that front. Not in our lifetimes, at least.
When union leaders make concessions in the spirit of cooperation, they’re typically accused of “selling out” or being pushovers. Conversely, there are some corporations that are so anti-union that they’d rather shut down an entire store than allow it to become unionized (Walmart has actually done that before). And the government isn’t very helpful since its relationships with both unions and the corporate sector are dictated by the partisan biases of whichever political party happens to be in charge.
That said, I wouldn’t complain if I turned out to be wrong! A little more cooperation could go a long way to effectively dealing with this issue.
P.S. Thank you for reading and commenting on the piece! I appreciate it!