Reply To: Molehill Mountain Episode 23 – Let’s Switch It Up
Haven’t listened to it all yet, so I might have other comments later. I do have one follow-up question for EZK about labor unions: So, what’s the Libertarian position on right-to-work laws*? I would guess that they’re against these laws, as they represent government intrusion on a private contract, but I’d like to hear your (and the party’s) thoughts on it.
*For those that don’t know, right-to-work laws are laws that state that employers can’t make paying union dues a condition of employment (so it’s really right-to-work-without-paying-union dues). This generally has the effect of kneecapping unions, as they can only bargain for employees en masse, but can’t force employees to pay dues. So, it’s in any individual employee’s benefit to not pay dues, which means the union will have trouble funding its activities. A lot of people equate this with things like employers being able to fire employees at will, but this isn’t actually in the laws themselves. Rather, it’s a side effect of the fact that most employees won’t have union protection.