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Smitten with Monopoly Privileges

Posted By Don Boudreaux On June 23, 2011 @ 10:34 am In Competition,Myths and Fallacies,Not from the Onion,Seen and Unseen,Work | Comments Disabled

Here’s another letter to the Washington Post:

Applauding the NLRB’s attempt to stop Boeing from buying lower-priced labor in South Carolina, Kate Bronfenbrenner writes that “If the NLRB did not take on such cases, it would cede to employers unilateral control over a large swath of the U.S. workplace” (“A good case against Boeing [1],” June 23).

Craziness.

Does the absence of a government agency empowered to stop grocery shoppers from buying lower-priced groceries at competing supermarkets cede to grocery shoppers unilateral control over a large swath of U.S. supermarkets?  Of course not.

In a dynamic market with tens of thousands of employers competing for labor, the notion that even a large employer such as Boeing has “unilateral control” over the labor market unless reined in by government bureaucrats is ridiculous.

Sincerely,
Donald J. Boudreaux

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