The scene: Government union guy sees attractive gal.
Government union guy: Hey good looking, how about a date, maybe a movie, some drinks and then, who knows...
Attractive gal: Get lost.
GUG: Hey wait a minute, don't just walk away. We can work this out.
AG: What the" %%$^&" is there to work out. Leave me alone.
GUG: You are being unreasonable. I have rights you know.
GUG: Ya, bargaining rights. Look, perhaps we started our relationship off on the wrong foot. Let's start over.
AG: Relationship? We have no relationship. Just go away.
GUG: Your not negotiating in good faith. Not even a counteroffer, like..... uh, coffee and a walk on the beach.
AG: Final offer, a kick in the groin.
GUG: Now you are just being unreasonable, denying my rights. Look, I just want to sit down and work out our differences. It would be a shame if we had to go to arbitration. That might not work out so well for ya. I'm just sayin.
GUG: Ya, I'd hate to go that route. I still think we can work this out. But if you continue to be unreasonable, well, an arbitrator will choose between our two final offers.
I could go on, but I will stop and explain things so Sean will understand. The exchange above is fictitious, false, made up, not true, and entirely a figment of my imagination. But is an attempt to illustrate the nonsense that is the "right" to negotiate. Whether it is an innocent woman, a business, a union, or our elected representatives, negotiations should only take place if both sides want to negotiate. What about consent? Anyone forced to negotiate is not free.
But hey, if bargaining is inevitable, lay back and enjoy!