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Unions and Coercion, Cont'd

Published October 21st, 2013 -

Robert VerBruggen has some productive thoughts in response to my post on “Conservatives, Alt-Labor, and Coercion.”  He asks us to put ourselves in the place of an employee who begins work at a firm when the firm is nonunion, and to imagine that the workforce t... More »

Conservatives, Alt-Labor, and "Coercion"

Published October 21st, 2013 -

Jack posted an excellent set of comments last week on Robert VerBruggen’s piece Why Conservatives Should Love Alt-Labor.  Both the piece and Jack’s comments are worth a close read.  I agree with VerBruggen and Jack that alt-labor should appeal to libertarians.... More »

BART Unions to Strike Friday

Published October 17th, 2013 -

BART unions plan to strike tomorrow after failing to reach an agreement with management. As we have been covering, the negotiations have been ongoing for several months, finally culminating today after a 30-hour bargaining session. While some progress was made... More »

Conservative Support for Alt-Labor

Published October 17th, 2013 -

Robert VerBruggen has an interesting essay about why conservatives – or at least libertarian conservatives – should support “alt-Labor” strategies like the fast-food strikes waged last summer.  VerBruggen defines alt-Labor as follows: “Instead of going through... More »

Unions and Political Equality – A New Approach

Published October 8th, 2013 -

I have a new Essay in the Yale Law Journal – The Unbundled Union: Politics Without Collective Bargaining.  The piece argues that we can advance the goal of political equality by enabling workers to organize unions for political purposes even when the workers c... More »

Conscious Capitalism vs. Unions? A Look at Whole Foods

Published October 1st, 2013 -

The idea that labor unions and their attendant collective bargaining privileges are necessary to workers’ welfare is all but assumed in many corners of the American labor movement. Several companies, however, are reviving a model whereby an employer proactivel... More »

An Explainer: What Are German-Style Works Councils?

Published September 23rd, 2013 -

We’ve been covering the developments at Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and the negotiations between VW and the United Auto Workers to establish a “German-style works council.”  But what exactly is a German-style works council?  Professor Sachs a... More »

WSJ Columnist Jenkins Gets Works-Council Law Wrong

Published September 19th, 2013 -

In yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, Holman Jenkins weighs in on the VW-UAW discussions about a German-style works council at VW’s plant in Chattanooga, TN.  Although the automaker and the union have concluded that such a council would be legal in the U.S... More »

Raynor and Stern on the Future of Unions

Published September 18th, 2013 -

Rich Yeselson’s recent article on “Fortress Unionism” prompted a reply from Bruce Raynor (former president of  UNITE HERE) and Andy Stern (former president of SEIU).  The debate is over the future of the labor movement.  The disagreement could not be more star... More »