There’s a knock at your door. You open it. A group of ten people stand there, introduce themselves as the local chapter of the Painters’ Guild, and offer to paint your house. They say they will do it if you pay each of them $20 per hour. You say you would like them to paint your house, but you will not compensate each painter equally. You are willing to pay half of them $20 an hour and half of them $15 an hour. They insist on $20 per hour for everyone. You insist on different payments for different painters.
Has anyone been forced out of the Guild?
Has anyone been forbidden to join the Guild?
Has the Guild been abolished?
Have anyone’s rights been violated? If so, whose?
Would knowing which side got its way (or the better end of the deal) change the answers to any of the above questions?
Tomorrow Wisconsin is going to have a recall vote, partly because the governor and legislature decided not to bargain with public sector employee unions on a collective basis regarding any matter aside from wages. Many public employees in Wisconsin argue that this decision violated their rights. Which rights?