[QUOTE=StillBallin75;1059303496]I don't particularly agree with Barb on most things, but she is correct when she says the Constitution doesn't specifically enumerate the right to collective bargaining. Nevertheless:
- WikipediaWhile the United States Constitution's First Amendment identifies the rights to assemble and to petition the government, the text of the First Amendment does not make specific mention of a right to association. Nevertheless, the United States Supreme Court held in NAACP v. Alabama that the freedom of association is an essential part of the Freedom of Speech because, in many cases, people can engage in effective speech only when they join with others.
But I don't see that as collective bargaining as in a right for a union leader to sit down with a politician and make demands or work out deals for public servants. Too much chance for corruption in my opinion.
However, maybe if teachers insist on collective bargaining and all the perks that come with being unionized, perhaps the time has come to privatize education.