Silvia Lopez works on a California farm. The United Farm Workers organized her farm and took 3 percent of her wages as mandatory dues. The union did not raise her pay. So she organized a decertification drive to remove it as her representative. Instead of respecting Silvia’s vote, the UFW sued to stop it from getting counted.Workers have the right to unionize if they want to. Many don’t think that would improve their lives. Excessive occupational licensing represents a much bigger real-world problem for many workers.
Workers must have government licenses to hold one-third of the jobs in the economy. This makes sense for many jobs, like pharmacists and surgeons. But many jobs with no health or safety concerns also require licenses. Florists in Louisiana, interior designers in Florida, and barbers in every state need government permission to work.
These requirements make it harder to enter a profession: workers must first obtain enough practice and training and pay hefty fees.
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