Saturday, March 12, 2011

an attack on collective bargaining is an attack on the right of assembly

In the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the right of assembly is clear in Article 20: "Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association."

The right is not explicit in the US Constitution, but, as Wikipedia notes:
...the United States Supreme Court held in NAACP v. Alabama that the freedom of association is an essential part of the Freedom of Speech because, in many cases, people can engage in effective speech only when they join with others.
Anyone who tries to limit the power of unions is trying to limit the power of people to work together for the common good.