Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Right to Work (or right to steal)
If there was ever a misleading label, it is “right to work” laws that prohibit employers from automatically with-holding union dues from wages. The law could be called “right to benefit from the efforts of others.” If a union obtains higher wages and better work conditions from employers, all employees benefit whether or not they stood in the picket lines or contributed to union administrative costs. There is no easy guide to public policy here when freedoms conflict. Whose freedom counts is the tough issue.