My answer might surprise you. And that might be my fault for not explaining my position well enough. I do not think that the act of individual laborers joining together collectively and forming a union is, by itself, a bad thing.
After all, we live in a free society where people are able to freely assemble. This freedom, this liberty, ought and does extend to all forms of assemblies. Including the assembly of workers seeking common goals. I absolutely reject the notion that we create a structure that takes away this ability of free individuals.
However, where I think the modern union has crossed the line is that they have co-opted government to their cause. Today’s unions have created the scenario in which they are able to elect politicians who then craft legislation that forces employees to assemble in support of their cause. For example, if my shop votes to join a union, I am forced to allow that union to represent me. And to extract dues in support of that representation. Further, they may represent me in ways that I don’t feel I agree to. Again, for example, I may find that I am quite satisfied with my wages in light of not having a job.
But that’s not the way it works. Today’s unions can force companies to negotiate. They can bring in arbitration. They can coerce union membership and demand union dues.
With all of that said, I don’t wanna destroy the idea of unions. I just wanna destroy the modern implementation. No more forced association. No more legislated requirements on the part of companies. And no more government acting as the “stiff arm” when it comes to dues:
TALLAHASSEE — The Florida House delivered a major blow to public employee unions Friday, approving a bill that would ban automatic dues deduction from a government paycheck and require members to sign off on the use of their dues for political purposes.
If these are the laws that come about as a result of the labor strike in America, I would call it a win. If a union wants to collect dues, they should have to act as the collection agency.