This previous weekend — Labor Day weekend — a gaggle of conservatives launched a joint statement on the importance of unions. The group included Senator Marco Rubio and Jeff Sessions, the previous legal professional normal.
“There are a lot of things we like about free markets,” Oren Cass, the chief director of American Compass, the suppose tank that organized the letter, advised me. “But at the end of the day, those markets are a means to an actual substantive end — a flourishing society and healthy communities and families and a strong nation. And if markets aren’t doing that, then we have a problem.”
Cass emphasised that there was quite a bit he didn’t like about right now’s unions. He is as an alternative intrigued by industrywide unions, which negotiate pay for staff throughout a number of corporations and are widespread in Europe. They could be extra environment friendly than repeated union sign-up drives and contract negotiations at particular person corporations.
(Many progressives, together with Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, additionally favor variations of the concept, known as sectoral bargaining. Some pro-business teams counter that it could stifle competition.)
Whatever the precise strategy, Cass mentioned that the important thing was lowering the facility imbalance that exists right now between administration and staff.