Matt Salisbury:

Those in favor of mandating union dues argue that unions negotiate on behalf of all workers; if workers reap the benefit, they should have to support the work. This mindset seems to assume an old model of thinking: there is one company that negotiates with one union on behalf of all employees. Why can’t unions themselves become competitive? Union workers, by nearly two-to-one margins, claim they don’t get enough value for the several hundred dollars in annual dues they pay. And if unions are forced to compete directly with management to best represent labor issues, stronger and more equitable management should result. Unions could focus their efforts on problem management in misled companies – exactly what they were originally formed to do.

Unions should never become the problem they fight.

Unions succeed when they themselves become a monopoly. As a person who grew up in right to work states, I’ve always questioned why Unions even matter today.

Unions work when labor can be easily plugged in and out, people are merely cogs in a machine. Collectively bargaining for knowledge work would never work, because there’s a quantifiable difference between each person. They are rewarded differently.

By that logic, unions are on the decline, along with manufacturing jobs. The government now does a good job of protecting workers from basic injustices through minimum wage laws, OSHA safety requirements, etc.