Are unions good?
The events unfolding over at Dosha Salon will provide you with a case study of how businesses transform when faced with hostile employees. When I was young, you got your hair cut by a union barber. Then, during the seventies, rules changed. What made a barber different than a hair dresser? A hair dresser couldn't give you a shave. Hair dressers came into salons as independent contractors, paying rent to the salon owner for their space, perhaps a chair and sink. Some hair dressers went to work as employees for a salon's owner. But, when accredited by the state board, a hair dresser could usually find a niche for themselves. Lots work out of their homes. Some rent small spaces. The degree of independence for hair dressers is really quite remarkable.
I had my hair cut by hair dressers for decades. The salon was Richard Herrera. The guy who cut my hair had worked for Richard when they were in the bank tower, worked out of his own shop on 23rd for years, and then returned to Richard's shop. I knew the guy who cut my hair personally...we would sometimes bug out to the tavern next door and play PacMan. Richard's daughter was an Econ TA when I was at Oregon State.
How good is Richard? I know that, at least when I was going to Richard's shop for my haircuts, that Richard was the guy who cut José Eber's hair when José was in town.
Point is, working for Richard is a privilege. From what I can see, working for Dosha would be a privilege, too.
But some employees don't like the work they've chosen. They want the rules to be changed, and that agent of change is union organization.
From what I can see, there are employees who don't want to be responsible for their scheduled shifts, their own need to save and plan for the future, and are demanding something they call "respect." Let me tell you something, campers. If I hire you, that means I respect you enough to hire you. If you've lost my respect, or feel I don't respect you, the problem is deeper than you think.
So let's watch together the demise of Dosha. The two sides have divided up. You can get the Dosha As Is side here. You can get the union side here. You can get the union overview here.
Once equality of outcome is mandated, the best will move away. The worst will remain. Because of the rules enforced by unionization, the company will be forced to spend a lot of money to simply close their doors. When bankruptcy occurs, the equity holders of Dosha will be demonized.
Not the union.
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