In a Dec. 15 column headlined "Higher pay or lower joblessness? " Charles Krauthammer asserts that the only choices for workers are higher unemployment if unions push up wages or jobs at lower wages if they accept right-to-work laws.
There is a third alternative that needs to be considered. This is to give the greatest possible support to efforts to strengthen foreign unions or organizations promoting provisions protecting worker health and safety, and environmental controls in countries like China that export to the United States.
The purpose is to raise standards in those countries as rapidly as possible to benefit the foreign workers, but also to eliminate exploitation of workers by their employers.
If this is successful, the flow of jobs overseas will slow. Some jobs might even be returned to the U.S.A. as companies find that cheap foreign labor is a mirage.
This alternative is not as quick-acting as import restrictions or a successful Buy American campaign, but it is much more sustainable and ultimately will be effective.