Are unions necessary?

Friday reading:

Are unions necessary? – Feb 27, 2014. Michael Hiltzik comments on the ongoing debate between Evan Soltas (Bloomberg) and Michael Wasser (Jobs with Justice), spurred in part by the interference of North Carolina legislators with the union election at Volkswagen’s plant there.

You can read more of the exchange here.

Aside from all of the many reasons Wasser gives, unions are also one of the few constituencies defending public services and indeed the role of government. Yes, people support government services by large margins, but they don’t get out and agitate for them very often, unless they are involved in the labor movement.