Collective Bargaining Is Not A Right

The New York Times has a story out today purporting to show that “Majority in Poll Back Employees in Public Sector Unions.” But like much of what The New York Times publishes, this poll is completely worthless. To understand why just look at the question they used to justify their headline:

Collective bargaining refers to negotiations between an employer and a labor union’s members to determine the conditions of employment. Some states are trying to take away some collective bargaining rights of public employee unions. Do you favor or oppose taking away some collective bargaining rights of the unions?

Unsurprisingly, 60% of Americans told The New York Times they did not want to take away the rights of other Americans. Problem is collective bargaining is not a right. It is a privilege.



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