Big Labor's Darker Side

Mark Wylie does an admirable job responding to Florida International University’s Bruce Nissen, an advocate of eliminating the secret ballot election for workers to pad the union rolls for union bosses:

There is a great reason why the economy in the right-to-work states of the South has been so robust and the Rust Belt states, like Michigan, have experienced unemployment rates in double digits. It is because of the secret ballot, the exchange of ideas and workers freely choosing to be paid competitively based on merit.

Forming a union should be a basic freedom in the workplace. On that, I agree with Nissen.

Here is where we part company: That decision should also be personal and private — a decision not made under false pretenses, coercion and threats by either side.