By Tim Kowal, on May 13th, 2011
Many supporters of public sector unions suggest there are no meaningful differences between public and private sector unions when it comes to collective bargaining. As I explain below, however, there are in fact several fundamental differences, many of which have been pointed out since the inception of public sector collective bargaining.
Here's an excerpt:
Collective Bargaining in the Public Sector Is Anti-Democratic
Public sector union advocates suggest that collective bargaining in the public sector is essentially no different than in the private sector, and that far from being a problem, it is a positive good. To evaluate this argument, first briefly consider the policy reasons for authorizing private sector unions.
And another excerpt:
Collective bargaining in the public sector is fundamentally different than in the private sector. Put most simply, the government is not simply another market actor, because the government lacks the same economic incentives as private industry. Perhaps more importantly, the government is uniquely entrusted with the political power of the people to act for the benefit of the entire public. To provide to a special interest group unique tools and procedures to use as leverage to wrest that power for itself is anti-democratic and tyrannical. Finally, the public sector collective bargaining, unlike in the private sector, permits a union political leverage over the employer, making negotiations less than arms’ length.
It's a lengthy article, comprehensive, historical and well reasoned. If you want to understand the distinctions, and argue with integrity, I please read it. Then if you disagree, tell me what you disagree with, but please, spare me the rhetoric about being anti Democratic or anti-worker's rights. Click here to read more