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Unions divorce merit from reward even further by, in many states – including Wisconsin – making union membership mandatory. When a citizen is compelled to do something it is specifically because it is well understood that, unless his freedom is taken away, he would not do what those with the power want him to do. In this case, the unions are well-aware of the fact that their use of worker’s money for personal aggrandizement (huge salaries, palacial offices, globe-trotting to attend “seminars” and, of course, their redirection of funds to the Democrat Party and other Leftwing causes) would not be very popular with the working people and union membership would plunge just as it has in every location and every profession where the worker is not forced at the point of a gun (or his family’s ability to eat) to do so. Put simply, the unions know that if membership weren’t compelled, their rewards would suddenly be related to their meriting those rewards and they’d rapidly go out of business.
For these reasons (and others) even the union members should be in favor of taking the gun away from their neighbors’ heads and allowing for union membership to be voluntary. After all, the better workers are subsidizing their lazy and incompetent colleagues and, with a union that must suddenly base its survival on appealing to the workers rather than forcing them at gunpoint to cough up their wages, the unions would have to work harder to merit membership.
There are powerful arguments against public sector unions in particular. One is that the government typically takes on jobs specifically because the private sector cannot do it. If the consumer is unhappy with their cable company, for example, they can turn to the Dish Network. If a consumer is unhappy with the police force, there’s nowhere for the citizenry to turn. This means that these workers have a monopoly that already acts as a powerful weapon in negotiating their salaries, benefits and working conditions.
The second reason that public sector unions should be outlawed – a point made by the great Dennis Prager on a recent radio show – is that the public sector is the only sector where the employees vote to determine who will be their boss and who they will be negotiating with. No wonder these teachers are making six-figures with lifetime guarantees while producing children who can’t read – lots of money for very little work is what happens when reward is divorced from merit, unions enforce that arrangement and the people who stand between these workers and their unions and those who will negotiate their contracts are selected by the workers and unions themselves.
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