Organized labor's most important economic contribution is in spreading out the wealth of a market economy by driving up the standard of living for all working people. When the unionized plant up the street pays a dollar an hour more, the non-union competitor the next town over either raises his wages or loses out in the competition for workers.
Labor can only make this system work by organizing employees of private enterprise. It is all well and good to raise the standard of living for public employees, but it also has the effect of turning the government into its own lobbyist. Better to make certain that the real engine of a free-market economy is being maintained by union workers.
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