Question, when you tagged you book post “Right to a Job”, were you talking about “Right to Work” legislation or something completely different? Because you’ve seemed fairly pro-union in the past.

They’re completely different. 

The right to a job, which is described in international circles as a “right to work” (hence why I prefer using the term right to a job, because it leads to less although not no confusion in U.S circles), is the idea that an individual has a right to earn a living and that if they can’t find work in the private sector, government has an oblgiation to provide a job for them. 

In other words, it’s a way of describing a job guarantee but emphasizing the right of the individual as opposed to the oblgiations of government. In the U.S context, it flows out of FDR’s Second Bill of Rights:

“In our day these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all—regardless of station, race, or creed.

Among these are:

The right to a useful and remunerative job…”

So the right to a job comes from a left-wing, pro-labor background, whereas the “right to work” (for less) comes from a right-wing, anti-labor background. 


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