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Facebook and Labor Unions, Fundamental Changes

The Middle East has seen self-organized groups of people ousting once powerful regimes, and this could be the sign of things to come in the US one day too. The big labor unions have possibly outlived their usefulness, as people no longer need them to organize people into groups anymore.

Tom Hayes from The Huffington Post is wondering if the big push with social media communities such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter could one day spell the end of labor unions. Like all outdated institutions, Labor unions have tried to quickly modernize and integrate into the new media. The Facebook like service UnionBook didn’t catch on and fell flat.

The internet has completely changed how groups are formed in our time; people can quite easily join different groups. There are billions of people that have already joined at least one social media platform which shows that we can organize ourselves.

People’s faith in big organizations is at an all time low following the credit crunch, and people now know they aren’t powerless. While a single person can make a difference, a large group can make a revolution.

But if labor unions do eventually die out will organizations like Facebook replace them? And if they do will it be such a good thing working for a company, and not having a union to fall back on in times of woe?

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