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Freedom From Union Compulsion

lee362 Wrote: Dec 13, 2012 7:50 AM
Having witnessed much union thuggery and intimidation over the years, I can certainly sympathize with rtw advocates. Unfortunately rtw is not a good or principled solution to the problem since it interferes with freedom of association in basic ways. An employer should have the right to enter into a contract to deal with all workers as a group and workers who prefer to work in a closed shop environment should not be prohibited from doing so. A much better response would be to repeal pro-union labor legislation which would strengthen management's hand in negotiating "security" clauses and other oftentimes counterproductive work rules and to prohibit public sector unions on the grounds of preventing monopolies. Lee Nason New Bedford, Mass

To everything there is a season, the Good Book says, and in Michigan workplaces the season of freedom is arriving at last.

Republican legislators voted Tuesday to make Michigan the 24th state in the nation to protect an essential civil liberty: the right to work for a living without being required to join or pay money to a labor union. Governor Rick Snyder signed the new laws – one dealing with private-sector employees, one covering government employment – a few hours later, hailing them as "pro-worker and pro-Michigan."

Big Labor and its allies, of course, are furiously denouncing this as...