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Michael W. Lynch

Journalist, columnist, Washington editor of Reason Magazine


[Re: California legislation that will force 74,000 University of California employees into unions] For the employees, this means roughly $550 a year extracted from their paychecks. For the 20 or so unions that represent workers in the systems, it means more than $40 million in new spending money. This is a story that organized labor likes to obscure: that its power is based on not-so-subtle coercion, and that it often tramples on individuals' rights under laws that are already favorable to unions. When unions are unhappy with the law, they spend forced dues to elect politicians who will change it.

Sep. 5, 1999 - from "Union Blues", published in the Los Angeles Daily News and in Reason Online