Monday, October 31, 2016

Virginia considers placing "right to work" in its commonwealth constitution

The Richmond Times Dispatch has issued an editorial (Oct. 15) opposing amending the Virginia state constitution to guarantee the “right to work”.  The paper supports the law, saying it is appropriately neutral, but not placing it in a constitution.  (People said that about some of the “constitutional amendment” suggestions in Chapter 6 of my first book.)

The text of the proposed amendment, to be voted on Election Day, is here.
Libertarianism supports the idea that joining a union should not be a requirement of employment, and that non-membership could also be a requirement.

Opponents of right-to-work argue that non-members “freeload” on benefits won by members’ dues and sacrifices.  But it’s true that freeloading is a common problem in life everywhere.  It could be argued (as was the case often in information technology) that people without families to support are often willing to work for less, pulling down wages or making people with families more vulnerable to layoff by “lowballing”.  Indeed, even though “right to work” is generally favored by conservatives, it could be seen also as anti-fertility (again going against the normal goals of conservatism).

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