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  • Collective Bargaining, at least in the public sector is a fundamental human right

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  • Collective Bargaining in the public sector is a privilege.

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    Re: Is Collective Bargaining in the public sector a Right, or is it a Privilege?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    With other willing people's money.



    No, you can't do that. With a personal investment, you don't have to rely on the majority of investors. If you don't like how things are run, you can sell your shares and go elsewhere. That's not the case with the government. You can't simply refuse to give them your money, they're going to take it regardless. You can't just fire the management either, you have to go with the majority. If they're too clueless to fire incompetent management, you're stuck and you're still forced to pay no matter how much you hate what's going on. The idea that you can move elsewhere is likewise ridiculous, no matter where you go, some government is going to tax you. There is no relief.

    You have quite a number of choices: Andorra, Bahamas, Monaco, Nauru...
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    And I wasn't making an appeal to authority, I was making an appeal to the philosophical body of work of the founders, the worth and content of which should be well-known to anyone with a cursory understanding of basic history and philosophy.

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    Re: Is Collective Bargaining in the public sector a Right, or is it a Privilege?

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    I believe collective bargaining is an aspect of the right to assemble in the first amendment.
    Teacher's Unions/Collective Bargaining: Encyclopedia of Everyday Law
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    The First Amendment of the BILL OF RIGHTS provides: "Congress shall make no law . . . prohibiting . . . the right of people peaceably to assemble." This right, as applied to the states through the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution, has been interpreted to give teachers and other employees the right to free association, including the right to join a union, such as the National Education Association or the American Federation of Teachers. However, the Constitution does not grant teachers the right to bargain collectively with employers. This right is based on applicable provisions in state constitutions, federal statutes, or state statutes. Similarly, teachers do not have a constitutional right to strike, though other federal law or state law may permit teachers to strike.
    My state among 20 something others bans or limits collective bargaining. We seem to be doing ok.
    I only know one teacher and I remember her saying how grateful she was for her great healthcare plan, and other benefits she has as a teacher. She was going through a difficult and complicated pregnancy at the time. Maybe collective bargaining isn't all that important.
    TEXAS: Statute prohibits public employees from entering into a collective bargaining agreement. Statute also prohibits strikes by public employees
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    Re: Is Collective Bargaining in the public sector a Right, or is it a Privilege?

    Quote Originally Posted by ElijahGalt View Post
    I think it is ludicrous to assume that collective bargaining on the part of public sector (government employee) unions is a fundamental human right. Collective bargaining on the part of private sector unions is a right precisely because it is private. But public sector employees are paid by the taxpayer (ie the voter). Their wages should be determined by the voters' elected representatives. In terms of collective bargaining procedures, the public employees have no right beyond that to petition the government, a right maintained by every U.S. citizen.
    That's very similiar to the communist idea. Government dictates pay, workers do the work, and don't complain.
    Quote Originally Posted by Free_Radical View Post

    And I wasn't making an appeal to authority, I was making an appeal to the philosophical body of work of the founders, the worth and content of which should be well-known to anyone with a cursory understanding of basic history and philosophy.

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    Re: Is Collective Bargaining in the public sector a Right, or is it a Privilege?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mach View Post
    Why it's not even close to being the same argument:

    1. They are legally obligated to maximize return to shareholders
    2. It's 100% voluntary, you can get in and out at nearly any time
    It doesn't change the fact that managers negotiate with other people's money.

    Managers are not "legally obligated to maximize return to shareholders". That's just nonsense. Managers have a fiduciary duty to their shareholders as politicians have a duty to their constituents.

    As I said before, they can get out, but at a loss. There are circumstances where shareholders can't sell their shares because of illiquid market. Sometime minority shareholders are forced to sell when they don't want to, or accept new management that they don't want, because it is forced on them by majority shareholders.


    It's not not just different, it's different in every meaningful way. I think you understand that a great many, let's say, conservative and tea party advocates do not in fact voluntarily want politicians to take money from them, or to spend it in the ways they do. They also do not like how so many government programs are unsustainably in the market because people don't actually value them enough to work for them.
    The second part of that post you quoted has the answer to this already.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Free_Radical View Post

    And I wasn't making an appeal to authority, I was making an appeal to the philosophical body of work of the founders, the worth and content of which should be well-known to anyone with a cursory understanding of basic history and philosophy.

    Brian

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    Re: Is Collective Bargaining in the public sector a Right, or is it a Privilege?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Public employees are free to go on strike and parade around with signs all they like...but they shouldn't expect to have a job waiting for them after they've abandoned their duties to the people who are paying their salary.
    Re: Is Collective Bargaining in the public sector a Right, or is it a Privilege?

    For a second I thought you might put them in jail for not working.

    Yes, all the public has to do is to hire some new employees. And, yes the Public had better have negotiated their previous contracts correctly to allow this, etc.

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    Re: Is Collective Bargaining in the public sector a Right, or is it a Privilege?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Because the only reason that the public unions exist is to lobby government to pay them more than the job is worth. If they didn't, then they would have no reason for existing. I'm all for paying teachers more if we needed more qualified teachers and it was an effective way of recruiting them...but the unions have also ensured that there will be no merit pay.

    So every time the government overpays for public services, whether because of unions or lobbyists or old-fashioned corruption, that means that there is less taxpayer money that could be spent on something worthwhile. Government services exist to benefit the PUBLIC, not to benefit the government employees.

    Very wrong.

    In a June 15 telephone press conference/emergency meeting in Pittsburgh on the issue with Steelworkers President Leo Gerard and Mine Workers President Cecil Roberts, OSHA Administrator Dr. David Michaels added that the targets of the shaming would be "those companies that aren't playing by the rules" on worker safety and health.

    "We have every right to call the CEO of any company and tell them what we want, and we will," Michaels added. And he urged workers to report violations.

    Gerard, Roberts and Michaels spoke at an emergency safety conference of oil workers the Steelworkers union called in Pittsburgh, after a string of fatal oil refinery accidents - even before the deep-sea BP well blew up - and after deaths of 37 coal miners so far this year.

    Michaels said he has already called the oil companies' lobby on the carpet to justify its practices, after the catastrophic Deepwater Horizon oil well fire, explosion and sinking in the Gulf of Mexico almost two months ago. The blast at the mile-deep well killed 11 workers and has spewed millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf in the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.

    Oil and mine disasters show the need for stronger job safety laws, and stronger enforcement, both union leaders said. "There's got to be an equal consequence" for companies when their laxity or refusal to protect workers costs lives, Gerard said.

    Harkening back to the 1989 Pittston coal strike, where the United Mine Workers was fined $64 million for a peaceful protest that blocked a road, Roberts said "what corporate CEOs go through" when their firms kill people "is vastly different" than what hit his union.

    "Their fines are not adequate. We need stronger laws, bigger penalties and criminal penalties for executives who commit these acts," Roberts added.

    Both unions are leading labor's fight for the Protect American Workers Act (PAWA), a measure to strengthen the 40-year-old Occupational Safety and Health Act.

    OSHA to publicly shame job safety violators peoplesworld
    Quote Originally Posted by Free_Radical View Post

    And I wasn't making an appeal to authority, I was making an appeal to the philosophical body of work of the founders, the worth and content of which should be well-known to anyone with a cursory understanding of basic history and philosophy.

    Brian

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    Re: Is Collective Bargaining in the public sector a Right, or is it a Privilege?

    Oh please....we are talking about Public Sector jobs...this is a red herring.

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    Very wrong.
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    Re: Is Collective Bargaining in the public sector a Right, or is it a Privilege?

    Another red herring.

    Sorry, no....

    It isn't "tyranny" to tell a Gov worker he/she can't strike.

    They aren't underpaid, they have the best benefits money can buy...and the best pensions, in short...they should shut up and work.

    They don't get to shut the Gov down because THEY don't want to pay any part of their benefits.
    Quote Originally Posted by OhIsee.Then View Post
    Wow, the juxtaposition of these two thoughts on one post with not problem!
    Yes, Amazed I am.

    Public Employees have NO fundamental "right" to go on strike.
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    Re: Is Collective Bargaining in the public sector a Right, or is it a Privilege?

    Quote Originally Posted by nonpareil View Post
    That's very similiar to the communist idea. Government dictates pay, workers do the work, and don't complain.
    Texans don't have collective bargaining and we are NOT communists.
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    Re: Is Collective Bargaining in the public sector a Right, or is it a Privilege?

    Without unions, corporations have the annoying habit of oppressing their lower level employees to the breaking point. Laws and regulations be damned. Anyone who complains is fired and the case is settled out of court without much real repercussion to the employer.
    I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK

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