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Letter: Make labor-management a dialogue of equals

Published: Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 11:36 p.m. CDT

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.

Dave Rathke


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