"Renaissance Thinking About the Issues of Our Day"
With the battles raging across America over Trade Union's right to collective bargaining it brought to mind a piece that I'd read years ago. This was written by Andrew Carnegie. A man who knew a little about business. Most people think Carnegie was "anti-union", but in fact he was more a Realist when it came to the relationship between Capital and Labor. Take a minute and read what he had to say. Strange how hard headed the Corporate bosses have remained in America.
Andrew Carnegie’s Opinion on Organized Labor
An excerpt from:
"AN EMPLOYER'S VIEW OF THE LABOR QUESTION"
(FROM THE "FORUM," APRIL, 1886)
"The influence of trades-unions upon the relations between the employer and employed has been much discussed. Some establishments in America have refused to recognize the right of the men to form themselves into these unions, although I am not aware that any concern in England would dare to take this position. This policy, however, may be regarded as only a temporary phase of the situation.
The right of the working-men to combine and to form trades-unions is no less sacred than the right of the manufacturer to enter into associations and conferences with his fellows, and it must sooner or later be conceded. Indeed, it gives one but a poor opinion of the American workman if he permits himself to be deprived of a right which his fellow in England long since conquered for himself.
My experience has been that trades-unions, upon the whole, are beneficial both to labor and to capital. They certainly educate the working-men, and give them a truer conception of the relations of capital and labor than they could otherwise form. The ablest and best workmen eventually come to the front in these organizations; and it may be laid down as a rule that the more intelligent the workman the fewer the contests with employers..."