Monday, December 14, 2015

Compulsory Unions Means Less Worker Freedom

Richard Ebeling emails:

Dear Bob,

I have a new article on the “EpicTimes” news and commentary website on “‘Compulsory Unions Means Less Worker Freedom.”

The Obama Administration has attempted to push compulsory labor union power both at home and most recently abroad, under the presumption that workers when left on their own face exploitation and negotiating disadvantage when facing employers.

I argue that these compulsory labor union arguments are fundamentally flawed and inconsistent with how competitive labor markets have and do work. Furthermore, compulsory labor unions and collective bargaining, in fact, deny individual workers the most essential element of liberty: personal choice and the right of freedom of association – which also includes the right to not associate.

Also, compulsory unionism and collective bargaining operate similar to legally privileged business monopolies, only in this instance a primary negative effect is on loss of work and wages for those who lose their job or never have a chance for one when unions push wages above competitively-established levels, and some workers are priced out of the market; they are left either unemployed or forced to accept less satisfactory work opportunities.

Free markets require free, open and competitive labor markets as a complement to free, open and competitive markets in production and sale of goods and services. Market freedom is indivisible, and abridgements weaken and deny each individual’s right to free association and limit the mutual improvements in human life that are possible within the arena of competition.


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