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Unions and Coercion, Cont'd (one more time)

Published October 22nd, 2013 -

Wrapping up what (to me) has been a useful debate, VerBruggen offers a thoughtful reply to my latest post on the coercion question.  He writes: My argument that unionism is coercive depends on the fact that the government is involved. If you work for a company... More »


James Sherk on Conservatives and Alt-Labor

Published October 22nd, 2013 -

James Sherk of the Heritage Foundation writes in: As a conservative who works on labor policy issues for the Heritage Foundation, I partially agree with Jack’s post on Conservative Support for Alt-Labor. I absolutely agree that the 8(a)(2) ban on alternative f... More »


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 »


Improper Card Gathering in Chattanooga? A UAW-VW Update

Published September 27th, 2013 -

A union-side labor lawyer, not affiliated with the UAW, wrote this to us about the latest developments in Chattanooga: The United Auto Workers (UAW) efforts to organize the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee may or may not turn out to be a turning poin... 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 »