Re: "Suit targets state employee union" (TNT, 3-6).
So the Freedom Foundation, out of deep compassion for the well-being of “four family child care providers who object to being required to pay union fees and otherwise associate with the union,” is suing the union and Washington state over “the union’s role as the exclusive representative for thousands of subsidized day care providers.”
Be careful of the motives of professed friends of workers and guardians of freedom when their agenda is nothing short of breaking the power of unions. That power is needed to negotiate fair wages and benefits with well-organized and well-heeled owners and managers.
If the federal suit is successful, every single day care worker will be out there on her or his own in any negotiations for fair wages, rights, or benefits.
The issue here is power, not freedom. Across the country, those with great economic power are well organized to pursue political power as well. The last thing they want is workers sufficiently well organized to be an effective counter-power on behalf of fairness and true justice in the workplace. Our laws must assure that, if business can organize and incorporate to assert power, labor be able to do the same.