An op-ed recently published by CNS News documents the link between special legal privileges for union officials and public-sector insolvency. All of the six states with the greatest per capita government pension liability foist forced union dues and fees on employees, but all of the nine states with the lowest per capita pension liability are Right to Work states:
It’s not difficult to see how Right to Work laws help prevent politicians’ irresponsibility from getting totally out of hand. In jurisdictions where forced union dues and fees have been permitted and union monopoly bargaining in the public sector has been authorized for years, union bosses negotiate with government employers over civil servants’ pay, benefits, and working conditions.
Meanwhile, for many years, government union chiefs have funneled a large portion of the compulsory dues and fees they collected into efforts to influence the outcomes of state and local elections. And those outcomes often determine who represents the public at the bargaining table.