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Charles W. Baird

Charles W. Baird
Charles W. Baird

Charles Baird is a professor of economics emeritus at California State University at East Bay.

He specializes in the law and economics of labor relations, a subject on which he has published several articles in refereed journals and numerous shorter pieces with FEE.

H received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1968. He then spent five years on the faculty at UCLA where he actually learned economics, mainly from Armen Alchian and Harold Demsetz. At Berkeley he was trained to be a big-government interventionist. At UCLA he became a small-government classical liberal, and has continued as such to this day.

He was a Professor of Economics at California State University, East Bay (CSUEB) from 1973 to his retirement in July 2007. He was Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Business and Economics from 2005 - 2007. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and the Universidad Francisco Marroquin, Guatemala.

He is a member, and a past Vice President and Board Director, of the Mont Pelerin Society. He was the founding Director of the Smith Center for Private Enterprise Studies at CSUEB. The principal mission of the Smith Center is to foster a better understanding of free market principles and their application to public policy.

 

Charles W. Baird's Articles and Posts

The First Amendment Could Break the Grip of Government Unions Anything Peaceful
The First Amendment Could Break the Grip of Government Unions

A California teacher is challenging mandatory contributions to the union, and she's got a compelling case.

Predatory Boards and Workers without Rights The Freeman
Predatory Boards and Workers without Rights
Throughout the United States, workers are trying to escape labor unions, but the federal government denies them any right of exit. 
#10 – “I Have a Right!” The Freeman
#10 – “I Have a Right!”

Genuine rights are prior to government; they are part of your nature as an individual human.

Outrage in Illinois The Freeman
Outrage in Illinois
Labor law frequently impinges on First Amendment rights. A new case might force the Supreme Court to finally take a long look at this issue.
Employer Neutrality Agreements in Court The Freeman
Employer Neutrality Agreements in Court
The Supreme Court is hearing another case on a common union practice that violates employees' and employers' freedom of association. 
Rex Obama and SCOTUS’ Labor Pains The Freeman
Rex Obama and SCOTUS’ Labor Pains

President Obama likes to make up the rules—even Congress'—as he goes along, especially if it means helping out union cronies. It's now up to the Supreme Court to stop him.

Milton Friedman, Right to Work, and Free Riders The Freeman
Milton Friedman, Right to Work, and Free Riders
Right-to-work opponents like to argue that Milton Friedman opposed those laws. He did, but only because he opposed monopoly bargaining power. Until the NLRA is repealed, however, right-to-work at least offers some relief from the effects of monopoly bargaining. 
On Paying Our “Fair Share” The Freeman
On Paying Our “Fair Share”

Progressive taxes are both arbitrary and unfair. 

School Buses, Teamsters, and Rent-Seeking The Freeman
School Buses, Teamsters, and Rent-Seeking

If you live in Illinois, the school bus could be bringing union intimidation to a town near you. Charles Baird looks at freedom of association and unionization in the busing business. 

Collective Bargaining and Human Rights The Freeman
Collective Bargaining and Human Rights
Attack on Freedom of Association The Freeman
Attack on Freedom of Association
A necessary, but not sufficient, condition for a worker to have effective freedom of association is to be able to hear and consider both pro- and anti-unionization arguments.
The Employee Rights Act The Freeman
The Employee Rights Act
Employer Speech and Freedom of Association The Freeman
Employer Speech and Freedom of Association
Hilda Solis, Secretary of Unions The Freeman
Hilda Solis, Secretary of Unions
Hilda Solis thinks labor unions are so obviously virtuous that any worker who votes against unionization does so only because evil labor relations consultants have conspired to muddle the worker's brain.
Crony Unionism: Government Sector The Freeman
Crony Unionism: Government Sector
Crony Unionism: Private Sector The Freeman
Crony Unionism: Private Sector
Card Check Without Congress The Freeman
Card Check Without Congress
Taking On Unions The Freeman
Taking On Unions
Henry Hazlitt on Unions: Part II The Freeman
Henry Hazlitt on Unions: Part II
Unions Lose Respect The Freeman
Unions Lose Respect
ObamaCare and Unions The Freeman
ObamaCare and Unions
Benedict XVI on Labor Unions The Freeman
Benedict XVI on Labor Unions
EFCA and Compromise The Freeman
EFCA and Compromise
Labor Economics from a Free Market Perspective: Employing the Unemployable The Freeman
Labor Economics from a Free Market Perspective: Employing the Unemployable
Organizing and the Organized The Freeman
Organizing and the Organized

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