Arena Football League vs. Union

This story was interesting. The Arena Football League players’ union was planning a strike. To preemptively block a strike, a team cut every player, and re-signed only those who dropped their union membership.

There’s one interesting point omitted in the article. That’s illegal! If you fire workers for being union members, that’s illegal. I’m surprised the union’s lawyers didn’t jump all over that. I also was surprised that the article didn’t mention that.

It shouldn’t be illegal to fire workers for striking. That’s one way that State labor law is biased in favor of unions. If workers are unionized and strike, you’re forced to hire them back when the strike is over.

It shouldn’t be illegal to fire a worker for whatever reason. In a really free market, if you unfairly fire workers, they can start a competing business. In the present, the State restricts the market. For example, most arenas are built with State subsidies. That favors current sports leagues, because a new league won’t get the State to subsidize the arena.

Under current law, it *IS* illegal to fire workers for unionizing. I was surprised that article didn’t mention that.  However, it shouldn’t be illegal to fire workers for whatever reason.  In a free market, if you unfairly fire workers, they should start a competing business.  In the present, that doesn’t happen, due to State restriction of the market.

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