I know, you haven’t heard of the Freedom From Coercion Amendment. It’s my take on how to deal with an important issue, that people are forced to join labor unions as a condition of employment. It reads as follows…
No person shall be subjected to coercion or force to join an external organization in order to obtain and maintain employment, nor will they be subjected to coercion or force in order to make payments to any external organization as a condition to gain and maintain employment. No person shall be subjected to retribution or punishment for their decision to join, or not join, an external organization.
This will not prevent people from joining unions, should they choose. It will, however, prevent anyone from forcing people to join a union as a condition of employment. It’s an issue of individual freedom, and addressing it is long overdue.
I think that this will keep employers honest in regards to their employees. There are good employers out there, and there are bad ones. The amendment will help because if an employer treats their employees well, they will not want a union. Conversely, if they treat their employees poorly, they will want to join a union. Frankly, I could think of no worse a punishment for a poor employer.
If labor unions were honest, they would support something like this, as it protects worker’s choices. However, they will not, as their model of operation requires force in order to function. That, and when offered the choice, most workers will pass on the union, and that is completely unacceptable to the union bosses.
As for the wording, I tried to do it in a way that would make it rather difficult for a liberal judge to invent some imaginary “right” out of it. Then again, they invented a “separation of church and state,” so I guess anything is possible.
In the end, this ends debate on organized labor, once and for all. Individuals can join if they wish, and decline if they choose. Because that’s what our Republic is about-free choices made by free individuals.