To the Editor:
In a recent opinion, “Vote a defeat for U.S. labor,” Bloomberg View calls for German style “works councils” without unions.
Bloomberg seems to ignore that German councils function in a environment where half of the board of directors of a company are elected by the workers.
Is Bloomberg advocating that our current system of CEO-stockholder “uber alles” be replaced by this more democratic system? If so, count me in! It is much easier to be collaborative when you have a relationship of equals.
While other nations continue to “democratize” the workplace, we are stuck in our “master-servant” model of labor relations. Any talk of “workers’ views being heard and respected” in this context are empty rhetoric.