LABOR, WORKING PEOPLE AND RIGHT-TO-WORK
I have spent most of my professional career in business, primarily in management creating, growing and running companies. I understand the strengths – and weaknesses – of our economic system. But let me tell you a story.
In the late 2000s (2008/2009) a bunch of farmers/ranchers in eastern Wyoming were being inundated by corporate wind energy companies to lease their land at rates favorable to the companies. These ranchers, knowing they did not have the leverage, knowledge and strength as individual landowners to effectively deal with the wind companies, decided to form “Associations” so they could, in their own words, “collectively bargain” to put themselves on a more equal footing with companies that had more money and power than they did. Without realizing it, and probably without acknowledging it, these hard-working, fiercely independent Wyomingites had basically formed unions.