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Unions and Freedom

posted at 5:35 am on March 27, 2011 by

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.

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My friend at work negotiated herself a 20% raise just by coming in with a genuine counter offer. They suddenly realized how valuable she is.

disa on March 27, 2011 at 9:07 AM

This may sound peculiar, but companies often have an interest in negotiating labor contracts as a unit. Yes, companies can ‘lay down the law’ and declare blanket wages and benefits, but that may not be the best policy for their organization. Alternatively, the management may attempt to negotiate with each employee.

The establishment of a company union is not so far-fetched. It is the trade unions that really rotted out the concept.

Peri Winkle on March 27, 2011 at 11:19 AM

This may sound peculiar, but companies often have an interest in negotiating labor contracts as a unit.

Peri Winkle on March 27, 2011 at 11:19 AM

When they have no production diversity and they are in a competitive industry, like making shoes, it makes perfect sense for the employer but it is the company store for the employee.

I wouldn’t go so far as to make the claim that companies often but I do agree that under the right circumstances, any company will make attempts to normalize wages. Especially to tell the counterofferers that they’ve done hit the ceiling.

ericdijon on March 27, 2011 at 4:08 PM

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