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Even though collective agreements generally cover all the workers in a particular category (directly or indirectly), membership is seldom 100%. As a result workers who are not union members often get a ‘free ride’. They benefit from the union’s bargaining power without actually paying for it. Conor Cradden  takes a look at the problem, and some of the solutions which have been tried. Anyone who has studied economics will know about the “free rider” problem. Free riders are people who avoid paying for things because these things are ‘non-excludable’ — ...
Ads by Google. BlueOregon doesn't control the content, and we know that sometimes the ads are really wrong. Sometimes, they're right on. The Employee Free Choice Act of 2007 (EFCA) [click through on option 3, H.R.800.EH] as passed in 2007 by the House of Representatives, but not passed in the Senate, amends the National Labor Relations Act ( pdf download here ), now incorporated into the U.S. Code as 29 U.S.C. §§ 151-169. In general, EFCA purports to do three things: to streamline union certification (section 2); to facilitate initial collective bargaining agreements (section ... Read More
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