From coercion to corruption to collapse: The UAW's predictable demise

by Washington Examiner

Editorial

| September 02, 2019

The life cycle of labor unions is predictable, the late economist Sylvester Petro once wrote. Because they are born not out of mutual exchange, but out of state-backed coercion, American unions inevitably face eventual demise triggered by their own corruption.

The aged United Auto Workers union may be approaching that moment of extinction.

After a four-year federal investigation into UAW bribes, kickbacks, and crony labor negotiations, the government has secured prison sentences for eight people connected to the union, Fiat Chrysler, and Automobiles NV, according to the Detroit News.

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