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Speaking as someone with 40+ years management experience in both union and non-union shops, it’s not wages that’s the problem in a union shop, it the loss of the ability to manage a union shop effectively.
In a non-union shop, if a problem crops up, you can jump in to help out or even bring in people to help solve the problem. It doesn’t work that way in a union shop.
Successful companies that are non-union stay that way by teaching and living what is called “union avoidance”. To wit, you compensate your employees for the full value of their jobs, you train them properly, you make sure they understand the work rules, you enforce the rules equally, you treat your employees with dignity, you don’t put your employees in an environment where they are always looking for a better place to work, and you quickly get rid of the ne’re do-wells.
I learned something early in my career; Lowball your employees on compensation, and you will rarely get your money’s worth.
I had a simple creed: Treat your people well (including compensation) and demand great things from them.