The Life of Julius: How Unions Hurt Workers

Thanks to the Obama White House for inspiring this video with its infamous “Life of Julia” slide show. Julia has mysteriously disappeared, but fortunately you can follow the life of Julius instead. AlfonZo Rachel tells the story of Julius, who worked tirelessly to have a better life for himself and his family. Why were unions working against him?

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45% of Americans 16-24 at or below minimum wage
http://www.bls.gov/cps/minwage2011tbl…

The sharp fall in part-time work during 2009 can be largely attributed to the federal minimum wage increase.
Casey B. Mulligan, Economist, University of Chicago, The New York Times Economix Blog
http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/201…

Up to 50,000 people lost their jobs thanks to first minimum wage law.
http://www.cato.org/sites/cato.org/fi…
http://www.cato.org/sites/cato.org/fi…

10% increase in minimum wage reduces youth unemployment 1%-3%
ftp://ftp.iza.org/RePEc/Discussionpaper/­dp2570.pdf
http://cms.bsu.edu/-/media/WWW/Depart…

“Unions push for state income tax hike.”
Enterprise News. April 9, 2012. Brockton, MA.
http://www.enterprisenews.com/topstor…

State and local government workers across the country receive a “premium” above their private-sector neighbors.
14.9% higher in total compensation nationally
Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity. November 2012.
http://www.rifreedom.org/wp-content/u…

According to the Wall Street Journal, unions spent $4.4 billion on political activity from 2005-2011.
Political Spending by Unions Far Exceeds Direct Donations.
Wall Street Journal. July 10, 2012.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001…

“2009: US Treasury Department saved union employee pensions at Delphi Auto Parts, but let the pensions of 20,000 non-union workers go under”
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2…


  • superllama

    totally awesome! once, unions were needed, and i get that. working conditions sucked back then. but now…not so much. unions are just blackmailing companies into paying them more.

    • …while the workers they supposedly represent receive less of the increases they need to stay above water, because of the bloated salaries of those managing the unions. (Many times what an average worker makes!)

      Hostess was bankrupted by THESE thieves:

      http://able2know.org/topic/202031-1

    • superllama

      hostess was also bankrupted by the unions, which as a part of their contracts, hostess was not allowed to ship different products on the same delivery truck….so twinkies, ding dongs, etc, all had to be delivered by separate delivery people. and guess what? all of those delivery people had full union benefits, up to and including a pension and health care program. guess what else? the avg pay of a hostess worker, non-management, was 44k. not bad, for 40 hours a week plus pension and health benefits.

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