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F. Vincent Vernuccio: It's Not About Collective Bargaining; It's About Freedom to Reject Unions

March 17, 2011



F. Vincent Vernuccio of the Competitive Enterprise Institute says the protests of government workers against government leaders in Wisconsin and elsewhere are less about collective bargaining, pay and perks than about the freedom to join or not join unions. He notes Wisconsin's government workers "compromised" on pension and health insurance concessions but adamantly oppose lesser publicized measures that would allow workers to choose whether to join unions and pay union dues.

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Steve Stanek ( is a research fellow at The Heartland Institute.