by Richard A. Epstein
Hoover Institution
February 23, 2011
The road to economic growth and fiscal order requires ending all collective bargaining arrangements in all states. Operating in their current pampered legal environment, unions have extracted extravagant settlements that are unsustainable in the long run and the short run. Wisconsin Governor Walker’s politically courageous move against collective bargaining actually falls short of the ideal. Cutting back on the union’s ability to bargain for pensions and benefits is only a half-measure. These heroic political efforts to return sanity to the area of union pensions and benefits could be enormously aided if courts awoke from their unpardonable pro-union slumber. All that it takes is for them to realize that the same rules that rightly limit all other forms of government/private interactions also apply to government/union contracts, where those rules are ever so much more needed.

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