Collective bargaining means less-affordable services for taxpayers

Do you think paying 12 percent more for a house than you need to is a good idea? What about when it comes to services provided by state and local government employees?

Economists at Miami (Ohio) University and Trinity University analyzed a sample of 847 public employees for Sutherland Institute. Their analysis found that a state or local government employee in Utah working under a union-negotiated collective bargaining contract means taxpayers pay 11.6 percent more in wages and salary – the “union premium” – for services that they could be getting more affordably from a similarly situated nonunion employee.

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