There are many names for Unions (Labor Trust, Labor Cartel, Big Labor), but they are all the same thing, a Monopoly on a Labor Market. One hundred and twenty years ago, 1890 to be precise, Congress passed what is known as the Sherman Anti-Trust Act to make it illegal for organizations or individuals to corner the market on a commodity. Today we need to apply that same concept to our Labor Market.
A ‘monopoly’ by definition is ‘an exclusive control over the trade or production of a commodity or service through exclusive possession‘. Now whether you call Labor a commodity or a service, it is a valuable ‘thing’ that can be exchanged for money. A Union is an exclusive control over the trade of Labor through exclusive possession, or collective bargaining as it is called today. So how is this legal if the Sherman Act made it illegal?
US Code Title 15 declares Trusts that restrain trade illegal. It goes on to heavily penalize those that engage in Trusts or Cartels that monopolize a market or good, but leave it up to Lawyers and Congress to create a loophole. While US Code Title 15 declares monopolies illegal, they just threw in Title 15 Chapter 1 Subsection 17 to redefine ‘commodity’ and ‘commerce’ as not applying to Labor. This is quite simply ridiculous.
Commerce is the act of trading a commodity. A commodity is anything useful or valuable. How can anyone seriously determine that Labor is not useful or valuable? Sure it is not a consumable product, but it is movable and it is highly valuable to the thousands of businesses that pay for and employ it daily.
It is high time we address the issue of Labor Monopolies, especially those that seek to control public servants. Unions are no different than the Oil, Car, and Drug Cartels. They seek to control the Labor Market which is infused into every Market there is. There can be no larger or more dangerous Monopoly than that of Labor.
The End is FAR,
Steve A Morris