Just sent this out to the Detroit Free Press. Though I live in Michigan and the anti-union bill is for Michigan, I think that my opinion is geared towards this issue at large–and all Americans. By the way, I’m politically an independant, but if you pushed me to run for office, and I mean really twisted my arm… I would run as… “The Median Voter.” Just sayin’:
The right unionize is fundamentally as American as small business entrepreneurship. The American idea of the free market means that the government’s responsibility is to protect the entrepreneur—the worker. This naturally calls for the strict protection of private property. What seems to have been forgotten, unfortunately, is that people have an equal right to sell their labor—to enter into a contract with an employer. Truly free enterprise means that workers are free to unionize. A free market means that the workers may collaborate, collectively bargain, and strike. But Michigan SB 971 by Randy Richardville deems that “…A Graduate Research Assistant…is not a public employee entitled to representation or collective bargaining rights under this act.” This bill won’t last in America. Americans won’t stand for it—for one reason: it’s un-American. Bills like SB 971 violate American political culture.
My research is most geared towards political culture and political languages, so anyone looking for clarification–a conversation–feel free to comment and I’ll get back to you.