The recently elected Liberal government of Nova Scotia has just passed legislation that arbitrarily reduces the number of healthcare bargaining units in the province from 50 to 4. Sounds simple and efficient right? It will cut the number of bargaining sessions, thus saving time and money. The problem is that the freedom of choice of these workers has just been destroyed forever! How?
First, it will result in bargaining units of such massive size that it will be logistically impossible to mobilize support to try to bring in a different union.
Second, if an intrepid individual who felt disenfranchised or abused by their union were to challenge their union, they would face the massive power and legal machinery of the union alone. No chance of success.
Third, if a group of employees got together and approached another union with the resources to displace a non-functioning union, they would be stopped by the no-raid pact that most of traditional labour has agreed to, so workers are left with no viable options.