Sunday, February 20, 2011

Are Government Employees Really 'Labor'?

. . . government produces nothing. So if we accept a socialist lens, how can government labor be a class as it does not add value to product?
-A commenter on this article at

It's an interesting point and puts me in mind of the current Wisconsin strife. Does labor consider government employees labor?

The cost of government is just as much a drain on the product of private-sector unionists as it is on the rest of us who negotiate our own terms of employment. Though there may be some instinctive labor-solidarity, I suspect the steelworkers, the teamsters, etc. quietly wish for relief from rising taxes, too. The SEIU and the teachers' unions may ultimately have to go it alone in Wisconsin.