Do workers need a union to protect them from being property of another union? Perhaps they do. Better yet, workers should decide regularly if they want to be union members.
On Monday Wisconsin's reform governor, Republican Scott Walker, signed into law a right-to-work bill--which Big Labor of course opposes.
From the Capital Times:
Machinists Local Lodge 1061, United Steelworkers District 2 and the Wisconsin AFL-CIO filed a lawsuit against the state of Wisconsin on Tuesday, the day after Gov. Scott Walker signed the contentious bill into law.
The unions argue that the law results in an unconstitutional taking of their property [emphasis mine] without just compensation and that enforcing the law would cause them irreparable harm.
A hearing is scheduled for March 19 before Dane County Circuit Judge C. William Foust. Unions are also asking the court to permanently prevent the implementation of the law.
The unions' argument hinges on a concept called "duty of fair representation." Under federal labor law, if a union is the exclusive bargaining representative of workers in a particular group, it is required to represent all employees in a workplace, whether or not they belong to the union.