Saturday, September 18, 2010

On Free Association, Business and Labor Agree

by Greg Lebedev and John Sweeney

Wall Street Journal
September 17, 2010

Business and labor often disagree on what's best for our nation. But on one big idea we agree: The best way to create public policy is through a vigorous give-and-take between elected representatives and citizen groups. This is an indispensable element of American democracy. But it is lacking in too many other countries.

In January, Freedom House identified growing barriers to civic engagement by freely organized groups as a major feature in a global decline in democracy. To counter this trend, the Center for International Private Enterprise helps businesses and the AFL-CIO's Solidarity Center helps workers to assert and defend their freedom of association. This right is crucial for building democracies that deliver for all segments of the population.