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QOTD: Ban Union Monopolies August 15, 2008

Posted by federalist in Unions.
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The “Employee Free Choice Act” is a legislative proposal that would allow unions to monopolize a workforce through intimidation or coercion of workers, since it would remove the final refuge of an anonymous ballot.  George Leef in today’s WSJ explains that even without the EFCA,

Current [labor relations] law is an authoritarian assault on the liberty of workers who do not want union representation at all.

The National Labor Relations Act makes a certified union the exclusive representative of all the workers. Those who think that the union costs too much, fails to represent their workplace interests, or engages in political activities they don’t support must nevertheless accept its dominion over them. The Right to Work laws of 23 states permit disaffected workers to stop paying dues without being fired, but that is only a second-best remedy.

There is no reason why labor unions must be given monopoly status. Both Democrats and Republicans ought to support reform of the law so that individuals are free to join or quit unions, just as they are free to join or quit churches, clubs, or any other organization.

If unions are beneficial, they will survive without coercing workers who prefer independence.

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