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The Irrelevance of "Right-to-Work" Laws

Paul423 Wrote: Dec 16, 2012 8:31 AM
The idea that workers who don't join the union are moochers is nonsense. If the union negotiates a contract that covers non-union workers that's their fault. On the other hand, unions create a scarcity of high paid union labor thereby artificially creating an excess of low paid non-union labor. So in fact unions are not helping non-union workers. Not joining the union is not mooching. Further, there is no reason to believe that improvements in working conditions would not have happened without the unions.

Some people love right-to-work laws, and some people really hate them. The reaction in Michigan when Republican Gov. Rick Snyder signed one has been not only spirited but downright violent at times. The public was so fierce and divided that I was afraid the state might split into two separate parts. Oh, wait...

These laws have a mythic importance with advocates on the left and the right. One group sees them as a shimmering beacon of freedom against union bullying. In this view, they spur job creation, generate investment and free workers to choose whether to support unions.

Organized labor, on...