The Libertarian Stance On Abortion: Pro-Union Or Pro-Right To Work?
Since their creation, unions have provided many changes and advancements in the way workers are treated, the conditions in which they work, and the benefits businesses provide to the employee. The libertarian stance on unions is often to called into question by both supporters and opposers of the topic.
Unions, which were once the watchdogs for the workers, has evolved into more of a political lobbying organization with less of a focus on protecting the workers. In some industries, unions have tried to control the production of goods and services of companies so heavily and force unrealistic expectations of benefits on the owners of companies that many companies were forced to relocate to another country or shut down complete. Even government based unions at the federal level, like at the United States Postal Service, have cannibalized the organization to the extent that the Postal Service has not had a profitable year since 2006.
While the economic impact of modern unions is hotly debated, the right to unionize is not. In most every case, the opposition to unions comes from government force to join one and the effectiveness of unions in regards to economic growth.
Libertarian Party Position:
Per the 2018 party platform:
“We favor repealing any requirement that one must join or pay dues to a union as a condition of government employment. We advocate replacing defined-benefit pensions with defined-contribution plans, as are commonly offered in the private sector, so as not to impose debt on future generations without their consent.”
Furthermore, the Libertarian Party also states:
“Employment and compensation agreements between private employers and employees are outside the scope of government, and these contracts should not be encumbered by government-mandated benefits or social engineering. We support the right of private employers and employees to choose whether or not to bargain with each other through a labor union. Bargaining should be free of government interference, such as compulsory arbitration or imposing an obligation to bargain.”
The Libertarian Stance:
The libertarian stance on unions mimics that of the party in general. Because people should be free to form associations and, likewise, free from being forced to associate, libertarians support unions if all forms of unionization and striking are voluntary, peaceful, and no one is forced to comply against their will.
In the same breath, business owners should not be forced to comply union demands if they choose not to and should also be free to replace their workforce as they see fit, in the event a union shuts down production. Also, the employer has the right to protect his new employees from potential violence caused by striking workers who “cross the line”.