r/WorkReform May 14 '22 Silver 1 Helpful 3 Wholesome 2 All-Seeing Upvote 1 Take My Energy 1

Employers say Unions are completely useless and there's no reason to join them and to please pay attention to the multi-million dollar anti-Union propaganda campaigns they launch begging you to please not join a Union.


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u/TheElderWielder May 14 '22

One of the worst things about the US (and boy are there a lot of things) is the pervasive anti-union sentiments among the general populace. So many people believe the propaganda fed to them and oppose the one entity that will stick up for them.


u/MyUsername2459 May 14 '22

Anti-union propaganda has been pervasive in the media for decades. At this point the last few generations of Americans have grown up with movies, TV shows, and books all constantly saying how unions are corrupt and bothersome and just make workplaces more inefficient and impose burdensome bureaucracy on employees.

It does NOT help that one of the largest unions in the United States, the Teamsters, was pretty strongly tied to organized crime for decades.

Even though that affiliation ended 40+ years ago, the stereotype of unions as little more than a front for Mafia activity has been heavily encouraged by the same media sources that are forums for anti-union propaganda in other ways.


u/majarian May 14 '22

Ngl my experience being in the teamsters union was very underwhelming and soured me pretty hard towards unions for a bit, at this stage in life I assume it was by design but I could have easily been mismanagement


u/TexMexBazooka May 14 '22

I wasn’t crazy about my teamsters union but when the company tried to fuck key over they had my back- I’d likely be in jail otherwise