Post 1 Kima: Yes, Unions are good for America. Unions are good for the economy. They can help foster a competitive high-wage, high-productivity economic strategy. Higher wages are competitive. Critics argue that union wages are too high and make it hard for American employers to compete globally (www.americanprogress,org) Unions are associated with higher productivity. Lower employee turnover, improved workplace, communication and a better trained workforce. Union members tend to enjoy higher wages and better benefits than the unorganized The overall decline of union membership is partly the result of the changing composition of jobs in the US. Healthcare, restaurant, and hospitality jobs are among the fastest growing and, historically, these industries that have not had high unionization rates. By contrast, manufacturing, a much more organized sector, has been losing jobs over the past few decade. Post 2 Jose: Are unions good or bad for America? First, a union is a formal association of workers that promotes the interest of its members through collective action. In my opinion, unions are suitable for American workers to seek because if employees feel mistreated from their employer, they can seek a union for an enhance working condition. Furthermore, unions have a set of standards of working conditions for their employees and gain a voice in the workplace. Additionally, workers can bargain collectively regarding real-world issues of workers compensation, maternity/annual leave, superannuation, medical, award systems, safety paid annually, collective bargaining and pay increases. Nonetheless, in unions everyone has the right to organize, have no privileges, and no special benefits to benefits legislated to benefits the unions. However, if workers want to be a part of a union or not, they still responsible for paying a union fee. Lastly, with that written, I think it should be up to each person to join a union or not, but I think unions are not bad for America. If they are good, why are numbers of union members in the private sector dwindling? According to Smith stated, “[some labor relations experts say that part of the reason for a decline in union membership can be due to HR, as the nation's unions have a harder time convincing workers to join when HR and other business leaders are responsive to employees' concerns” (Smith, 2017). Additionally, firm’s leaders are now more than ever get it when it comes to positive employee relations and employee engagement and personal development efforts are ascending in the younger generation and making it more difficult for unions to evolve. Lastly, the bad side of unions is at times workers who are constantly performing below the standard getaway for a lengthy (19 months) time for him or her to get fired due to the process they have to go through in order to achieve the desired goal.