Sunday, January 13, 2013
Sam Estreicher recently published an essay in the National Law Journal, entitled "Right to Work is a Misnomer." In the essay, Estreicher provides a nice, brief explanation of why the right to work rhetoric is off base. Most readers are aware of the problem, but it's nice to see an explanation that clearly explains it for non-labor experts. The concluding paragraph is particular apt:
"When opponents insist on a right to free ride on union representation, they have seized the rhetorical high ground of liberty and job growth to conceal a more prosaic, and often politically partisan, motive — to deprive unions of a justifiable funding mechanism so that they no longer can play a useful collective-bargaining role in our society."