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Charles W. Baird

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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

California's Union Cartel, Saved by a Death

Freedom from coercive government unions now must be won one state at a time.

- April 06, 2016

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.

- December 15, 2015

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. 

- April 15, 2015

#10 – “I Have a Right!”

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

- June 20, 2014

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.

- February 21, 2014

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. 

- November 12, 2013

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.

- August 26, 2013

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. 

- April 09, 2013

On Paying Our “Fair Share”

Progressive taxes are both arbitrary and unfair. 

- January 24, 2013

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. 

- December 03, 2012

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.

- May 07, 2012

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.

- October 10, 2011

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