Public Sector

Public Sector Collective Bargaining Substantially Diminishes Democracy.

The conflict between political democracy and public sector collective bargaining manifests itself in a variety of important dimensions. First laws providing for such bargaining divide governmental authority to make and administer laws and budgets, and redistribute a share of this authority to private entities - mainly unions - who are not elected by or accountable to the public. This diminishes democracy, for it curtails the extent to which the public, through its elective and appointive representatives, determines the nature and manner of conferral of such government benefits as public school education, police and fire protection, and the like.