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  • Question about Right to Work and Collective Bargaining

    It is claimed that non-unionized employees of a company reap the benefits of collective bargaining by the unionized employees, which is why there should be "mandatory dues" even if unionization isn't mandatory. This seems odd. What legal or contractual requirements force the employer to...
    Posted to Economics Questions (Forum) by whardwick on Fri, Mar 4 2011
  • collective bargaining?

    As I understand it, collective bargaining involves forcing two parties, by law, to enter into a contract with each other. Is this correct? If so, how is this consistent with liberty? I think this is what Hazlitt is getting at when he says: On mandatory bargaining: “The employer, like the employee...
    Posted to Current Events (Forum) by MSnow1001 on Thu, Feb 24 2011
  • Re: Labor Unionism, anyone up to debate?

    Hey, I posted something, let's see if it makes it past moderation. trent steel // March 25, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Reply If unions benefitted their members above what they cost, there would not need to be any laws or regulations forcing membership or payment of dues. If unions benefitted employers more...
    Posted to Economics Questions (Forum) by billmurdock on Thu, Mar 25 2010
  • Do unions improve working conditions?

    I'm currently watching Food Inc. and they mentioned how unions improved working conditions in the early food productions businesses during the 20th century. Is this true? And if not, if unions did not get involved, would these conditions ever improved? Explain
    Posted to General (Forum) by jaglinsk on Sun, Jan 10 2010
  • Re: Government compelled labor union membership?

    [quote user="Seph"] Im not sure about US laws, but when i was living in Canada, I had a job where I had to join the union, in order to work there. [/quote] Yeah I feel like I've heard of this happening in the US too, but I can't remember where! I asked this initial question here because...
    Posted to General (Forum) by Ansury on Wed, Aug 12 2009
  • Re: Government compelled labor union membership?

    Yeah, I could almost swear that I think someone I know personally had no choice but to pay union dues when they started. I'll have to ask around. It may have even been a comment someone made in a college class I had ones (many, many years ago unfortunately, lol). Anyway, I researched this some more...
    Posted to General (Forum) by Ansury on Wed, Aug 12 2009
  • Re: Government compelled labor union membership?

    [quote user="wilderness"] i'm not sure if it's a federal or state law, but undoubtedly there is coercive backing to legitimize this: my wife is a teacher and doesn't have to join the union but if she doesn't join she still has to pay 75% of the union fee but gets none of the...
    Posted to General (Forum) by Ansury on Wed, Aug 12 2009
  • Re: Government compelled labor union membership?

    [quote user="Angurse"] Kind of. Under U.S. law, in a company where the workers are campaigning to unionise, if the majority of workers vote to unionise, (I'm sure there are more legal strings involved in the actual unionisation process) then the company is unionized. And the minority who...
    Posted to General (Forum) by Ansury on Wed, Aug 12 2009
  • Government compelled labor union membership?

    Does the government do anything to require or very strongly "suggest" union membership in any industry? Or, do any unions have "agreements" with companies which require that all their employees join a union?
    Posted to General (Forum) by Ansury on Tue, Aug 11 2009
  • Becoming a Union Organizer?

    I know that unions are usually despised by libertarians and true conservatives as mini-governments, but I've been thinking a lot about unions, the free market, and how best to advocate free markets to union workers. Here is my idea about how to bring at least some unions into the free market fold...
    Posted to General (Forum) by krazy kaju on Sat, May 16 2009
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