At the time I write this, the United Autoworkers Union just ended a seven-hour strike against Chrysler â€” thus ending the walking off of jobs by workers and the restriction by threat of violence of those who would have tried to take their place.
Those are, after all, the two characteristics of a strike. You don’t work, and you physically threaten those who want to. Unions are, as Rothbard noted, the only organization in society besides the government with the legal right to use coercive force on adults. Unions in the United States were given this right with the passage of the Norris-LaGuardia Act of 1932. FULL ARTICLE