CEI Daily - Collective Bargaining, REINS, and the Human Achievement of the Day


Collective Bargaining


As workers in Wisconsin battle with government officials over collective bargaining rights, few people have talked about why collective bargaining exists in the first place.


Research Associate Trey Kovacs looks at what collective bargaining actually does.


"Every individual in society has unique needs and wants. That makes it impossible for groups of inherently diverse individuals to organize behind a given set of “true” collective goals — unless government requires it. Collective bargaining eliminates the individual’s freedom to work on his own terms and to earn according to his abilities and effort. This helps perpetuate an inequitable situation. Union officials have a pecuniary incentive, in the form of union dues, to increase union membership. The more money a union has, the greater its ability to lobby government — which imposed collective bargaining in the first place."






The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing yesterday on the REINS Act.


Director of the Center for Investors and Entrepreneurs John Berlau explains why the regulatory reforms proposed in the REINS Act are so important.

"The issue is not just one of good politics or even good policy, but of constitutional government as well. Article 1, Section 1 of the Constitution vests 'all legislative powers' in the U.S. Congress. Yet what most often happens in today’s administrative state is that regulators in the executive branch, technically charged with enforcing provisions of laws, actually write much of the law as applied."



Human Achievement of the Day


Lockheed Martin has designed a plane to mass-plant trees.


Policy Analyst Michelle Minton notes that this is another great example of the power of innovation.


"This is what human achievement hour is all about: using human intelligence, creativity, and technology — not government interference or mandated conservation to come up with the solutions of the future."