“If it were possible to opt out of membership in a labor union without losing your job or any other penalty, would you do it?”
Nationally, 33.4 percent of respondents answered yes.
In Oregon, 31.2 percent of respondents answered yes.
Asked only of union members. Given how loaded this question is, I’m surprised at how much support it shows for unions, among union members. Cascade is pushing for a ballot initiative to repeal Oregon’s closed shop laws, which require non-members to pay “fair-share” dues, which spread union costs over all employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement, even the non-members.
Buckstein argues that fair-share is unfair coercion. The economic argument in favor is that unions provides club goods for those in the bargaining unit. Just as with taxes used to provide local public goods such as schools, roads, and police, coercive taxation is necessary to raise the money to provide the efficient level of such goods.