In a new report for the Manhattan Institute, Daniel DiSalvo asks “Are Unions Democratic?” Well, let the argument begin, but putting the thesis aside, DiSalvo does highlight something that rarely gets attention. Here is the clip from his Investor’s Business Daily op-ed derived from the report:
The vast majority of current workers have never been asked to vote on whether they want union representation.
Although statutes require a “certification” election to set up a union, some 93% of public sector union members today belong to unions that were organized before they were hired.
I’ll go one further: A lot of union members today belong to unions that held a single representation election before they were born.
There isn’t anyone still working in the New York City Public Schools who voted to make the United Federation of Teachers the exclusive bargaining representative in 1961.
Maybe you still live in the house you bought in 1961. Maybe you love it. Maybe your children love it, too. But maybe it’s showing wear around the edges and you would like a new one.