Happy Cesar Chavez Day! Today, as the revered union leader is honored by state decree, it’s only appropriate to reflect upon how unions have “benefited” our state and then carefully consider the latest union push for increased power.
I think it’s fair to say that organized labor is one of the greatest hindrances to the free market today. The auto industry probably wouldn’t count Barack Obama as one of its CEOs right now if not for the United Auto Workers’ (UAW) crippling contracts. A competitive education system might actually produce well-educated, over-achieving students if not for the California Teachers Association’s (CTA) deep pockets (filled with mandatory dues) stifling any attempt at reform.Originally designed as a means of protecting the powerless against severe work conditions, unions have themselves become the oppressors, placing the political interest of leadership before the long-term good … Read More