Time for states to end forced unionization of government workers

October 2, 2014

by Nick Novak

Originally published by The Washington Times.

No one should ever be forced to financially support an organization that they fundamentally disagree with. That is one of the great things about this country. We all have freedom of speech, and if we want, we all have the freedom to join a union and pay union dues.

However, in 23 states and Washington, D.C., government workers can be forced to join a union and have mandatory dues deducted from their paychecks. It used to be that government unions existed to protect public employees, but they have morphed into massive political organizations that seem more concerned with filling their own wallets and currying favors with the political elite.

How did this happen?

In simple terms, the unions became more and more powerful because collective bargaining laws allowed them to. Once that power was given to them, they would do anything to keep it. Just look at what happen in Wisconsin three years ago.

Even our 32nd president knew that collective bargaining would never work in the public sector.

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