Let The Battle Be Joined

Arizona, already the focus of much federal attention for the immigration mess, is now the focus of another group of federal bureaucrats:

Federal labor regulators have sued the state of Arizona over a state constitutional amendment that limits how workers can choose whether they want union representation.

The amendment passed by voters last year requires workers to hold secret ballot elections before a company can be unionized.

The article goes on to say that the NLRB will be moving against South Dakota on a similar suit very shortly.

I am beginning to believe that the federal government, as represented primarily by unelected individuals, is very envious of the states having any determination in their own affairs. This current series of actions on the part of the NLRB firmly supports this belief.

If states wish to pass laws where labor unions do not have the advantage of setting up a vote in a context which lends itself to bullying, then those states should be permitted to do so under current federal law. If people really desire to work for unions and upset that their workplaces are non unionized, they are free to move to the union state of their choice and apply for work.

If union states are doing well and adding value to the goods and services which their members help to create and provide in those states then the businesses, investors, government and citizens in those other states (right-to-work states) will look at those successes and desire to join them. What we have right now is a rough approximation of the opposite. Labor unions are not providing general benefit in those states where they predominate, rather they are providing a very specific benefit (to the union employees, union leadership and union-backed politicians). Not only do others not receive a benefit from the unions’ participation in process, they are the ones who pay for the benefits which are accruing to the others.

As I have noted in this space before, the labor unions are understandably looking out for their own interests–but these interests are not healthy for this country’s economic or political futures.

May the State of South Dakota (and Arizona, and South Carolina and all else who will join us) stand firm in its resolve.