On unions and government workers

by Neil Rickert

I have never been a member of a union, and I have voted against unionization a couple of times.  This is partly because university faculty have rather good working conditions anyway.

However, unions are needed for some workers.  In particular, they can protect the workers against arbitrary and unreasonable actions by management.  And it is just such arbitrary and unreasonable action that we see coming from governor Walker, in Wisconsin.  So my support is for the unions in Wisconsin and in other states where they are under similar threats.

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