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Idawa: Unions Have Little Purpose In Idaho Economy

Anyway, I tend to agree, that Unions have little place in most jobs in Idaho. There are very few Idaho jobs left where the employer has disproportionate market power over employees. I tend to subscribe to the model that Union are only beneficial when the employer is akin to a monopoly employer, ie. there is no alternate market for a persons labor, such as in Timber/Mining towns and Government service jobs. As it is, the economy of Idaho appears to be mostly service, agriculture, and construction based which don’t have economies such that union are a help to workers. In fact, they probably are a hindrance in those types of jobs.

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