Unions and Freedom
posted at 5:35 am on March 27, 2011 by Michael van der Galien
TrogloPundit wrote an intriguing post over at Right Wing News about unions, collective bargaining and employees’ ability (or right) to individually negotiate with employers. The gist of the matter is this: individual employees will “continue to negotiate with employers after collective bargaining is gone.”
Unions don’t want people to understand this rather obvious fact, but that doesn’t make it any less true.
To me, breaking up the suffocating power of the unions is about two things: individual responsibility and individual freedom. Collective bargaining encroaches upon the employee’s freedom, and on that of the employer. Furthermore, it gives unions tremendous power, thereby strengthening its hold over employees, many of whom only joined the union because they had to.
Unions have become too powerful, too influential and too demanding. That isn’t in anybody’s interest – except for that of the unions themselves, of course.