Tuesday, October 11, 2005

My Slice of Bread

     The SEIU has a contest for a good idea.  The first prize is $100,000 and there are two second prizes of $50,000.  This was my submitted idea, entitled "Rational Labor Laws":

Under current law, any Union which gets higher wages for its members shares those gains with all employees, not just Union members.

When the company makes a profit it does not share them with everyone. The stockholders get paid, and only the stockholders.

So it should be with Unions.

In many states, Unions are (mostly) compensated by non-Union members with fees. The fees are calculated based on the amount of Union money spent on bargaining. These fees are dictated by "union security" clauses. It is not a perfect system, but it is reasonable.

Unions in so-called "right to work" states still have to represent and protect employees who choose not to pay Union dues. This is just as reasonable as forcing the Company to share its profits with non-stockholders, and should be stopped now.

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