When the state’s new dental unions went into effect last year, it became the latest example of a trend in which unions have been allowed to operate without the kind of oversight and control that most public workers enjoy.
The unionization of dental care providers in Louisiana was the first such effort in the country, but other states are considering similar moves, and there are more than a dozen others in the pipeline.
The labor-friendly policies that have led to such an explosion of union-run dental care across the country have been hailed by health-care economists as a boon for the public’s health, with research showing that when workers are properly paid, they are healthier and less likely to get cavities.
But there is a problem: When they are not paid, the public pays them.
The public is paying the cost, too, by having to pay for health-insurance premiums and for dental care when it is not needed.
While unions have historically operated without the oversight that most private sector workers enjoy, the health and safety implications of the work force unions represent are a constant concern for the health-services industry.
The unions have also been able to exploit the state to raise the salaries of some members and keep others in their positions.
A new report by the Louisiana Department of Labor and Industry found that unionized dentists are paid more than 10 percent more than nonunion dentists.
And even after being laid off or fired, they continue to earn higher wages and more than double their annual benefits.
That’s because the unionized dental union negotiates wages, benefits and benefits that do not apply to private-sector workers, making them the primary payers for many of the benefits available to state employees.
The Louisiana Dental Association, for instance, is the only unionized employer in the state, and it provides health-benefit benefits to state workers.
When you look at how they pay, it is quite striking.
They are paying about 40 percent more to the workers who are not part of the union, and they are paying 20 percent more per year, according to the report.
The difference is especially stark when you look across the board.
When there is an increase in union dues, for example, dental care becomes more expensive.
Dental care costs in Louisiana are about half what they are in other states.
This is largely because the state has a lower cost of living, which can make dentists more vulnerable to higher-than-average increases in inflation.
“The higher dental costs can be due to lower wages, which are not included in union rates, as well as higher inflation,” the report states.
While some dentists and their union have filed complaints with state officials, the state hasn’t taken any action to investigate any of the allegations.
“While the unionization process is not fully transparent, state regulators have indicated that they are investigating some of the complaints,” the state said in a statement.
“We expect that the investigation of union claims will be thorough and complete.”
The union also has not filed any complaints with the state of Louisiana, even though the union has said that the union is “the largest and most powerful dental labor union in the nation.”
In other states, however, the unions are operating without the same kind of scrutiny.
The New York Times reported last month that, because of its status as the largest and fastest-growing union in America, the United Auto Workers has become the biggest private employer in New York City, with about 2,200 workers.
The United Auto workers have been able, thanks to their power, to negotiate pay increases, benefits, and overtime.
In addition, unionized workers also make more than private-industry workers, because the costs of unionized labor are shared among all workers, not just the highest earners.
The health benefits that come with being a unionized dentist are more generous, too.
“When we’re negotiating the benefits, we have the same amount of coverage for everyone,” said Richard J. Schuster, president of the Louisiana Dentists Association, who has been representing workers for 20 years.
“So we have very generous health insurance.
We have benefits that are paid for by the employer.”
The state, in turn, gives workers health-benefits plans that they can choose from.
When the health care system fails, people go to the nearest union shop and get their benefits through that shop.
But when the health insurance system fails and they go to a different shop, they go directly to a union shop, which they do not pay for.
“You can’t have the health plan and the benefits in the same shop,” Schuster said.
“It’s just not fair.”
A study by the National Institute of Health, a public research organization, found that unions have a higher incidence of chronic disease than most other health-service workers.
“If you look to a small group of people, you’re going to find that health-providers are