Collective Bargaining in the Public Sector: How it Shapes the World Around It

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Collective Bargaining has a feeling that lends a person to believe that it is for the people and at one point it was true and may even have a place within a private sector setting but not within the public sector. When a person looks at private unions you can see a general difference in the structure from that of Private-Sector unions. Even AFL-CIO President George Meany and even President Franklin D. Roosevelt who were labor union advocates saw that the unionization of the public sector as being unthinkable. From an economic standpoint all unions would have too much power and engage in trying to monopolize the supply of labor in each industry in order to increase the price of work. (IE. Wages) In a public sector union would grant a…show more content…
’Public’ doesn’t sufficiently define the character of schools.” He went on to write that public utilities such as the power companies are private entities and if the word public were used consistently, Catholic and other private schools would actually be referred to as “Public” because everyone recognizes that churches are “pubic” [Open to the public] institutions. So called “Public schools” are in fact governmental entities and the fact that the Government itself calls them “Public” confuses. This idea is backed by a ban on homemade lunches at Little village Academy, a public school in Chicago in which students are no longer allowed to bring homemade lunches to school, unless they have a documented food allergy, the cost rests at $2.25 for eating daily at the cafeteria according to a report by the Chicago Tribune. As a further example there is trouble within the unions itself as according to a case of Abood vs. the Detroit board of education. Christine Warczak and a number of other named teachers filed a class action in a state court, naming as defendants the Board, the Union, and several Union officials. Their complaint, as amended, alleged that they were unwilling or had refused to pay dues and that they opposed collective bargaining in the public sector. The amended complaint further alleged that the Union "carries on various social activities for the benefit of its members which are not available to non-members as a matter of right," and

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