Libertarianism and the Right to Work

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June 26, 2011
Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Matt Zwolinski  
Posted in Commentary

"Right to Work (hereafter RTW) laws basically prohibit agreements between labor unions and employers that make membership in a union,or payment of union dues, a condition of employment. Libertarian-leaning proponents of such laws say they are needed to ensure that workers aren’t forced to join unions they don’t want to join. But there is a seemingly devastating problem with this argument, which Carney notes in his original post. For what RTW laws actually do is 'interfere with the right of contract and they bar certain consensual economic arrangements — specifically, they bar employers from agreeing to hire only union workers.'” (06/25/11)  

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