Colorado Amendment 47: “Right to Work” is wrong

Ari Armstrong at FreeColorado.com has some good insight on why Amendment 47 is a bad idea.  Some excerpts:

The problem with Amendment 47 is that it interferes with the freedom of contract. That this interferes with the employee’s “freedom to choose” is irrelevant. … Beyond the context of individual rights, the “freedom to choose” is either meaningless or in direct violation of individual rights. …You do not have the “freedom to choose” to unilaterally force an employer to offer a contract that he does not want to offer. At least, within the bounds of individual rights you have no such freedom.

Is it true that, due to federal controls, unions have the ability to force contractual concessions that they would not be able to achieve on a free market in which the individual rights of both employer and employee are fully protected? Yes, that is true. But two wrongs do not make a right. …

Employers also have the right to create a union shop. Does this interfere with the employee’s “freedom of choice?” No; they retain the freedom to work elsewhere. Contracts are a two-way street, and the rights of both parties must be protected, by the principle of individual rights.

Read the whole post here.

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2 responses to “Colorado Amendment 47: “Right to Work” is wrong

  1. Ben

    Ari is clearly wrong on this one, unless he is willing to advocate that monopoly bargaining laws should also be repealed.

  2. Ben

    Ari is clearly wrong on this one, unless he is willing to advocate that monopoly bargaining laws should also be repealed.

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