Thursday, March 3, 2011

Right To Work

A Right to Work law secures the right of employees to decide for themselves whether or not to join or financially support a union. However, employees who work in the railway or airline industries are not protected by a Right to Work law, and employees who work on a federal enclave may not be.

The following states have a Right to Work law:

Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wyoming.

Forced unionism is bad.
Being subject to union coercion, intimidation and in some instances, violence is just plain wrong.

From a paper by John W. Cooper (Michigan Business school student's senior thesis defending Right to Work, and opposing compulsory union membership requirements):
- Right to Work laws create jobs and spur economic activity.
- Numerous credible studies have shown that real wages in Right to Work and non-RTW states are about the same, and if anything Right to Work states have slightly higher real wages.
- The main reason to adopt Right to Work laws is that Right to Work laws spur a state’s economic activity, lead to lower unemployment and higher job growth, and make a state more attractive to business.

One should not be forced to join a union.
There is so much wrong with forced unionism.
In many ways it is plain immoral.

Forced unionism removes a person's choice in the workplace, and literally steals a portion of their their wages in the form of union dues.

Unions have used their dues in ways that some union members object to.
It is not right for someone to be compelled to pay dues to an organization that they do not agree with, or that takes said dues and gives them to other organizations that the member does not support.


Elisheva Hannah Levin said...

When I first came to New Mexico, we had numerous right to work laws on the books, but with some unrest at UNM, we finally became a collective-bargaining state. I considered that a huge step backwards for all the reasons you have stated.

Stephen Mendelsohn said...

We are fighting a bill that would expand forced unionism in Connecticut to personal care assistants. From Cathy Ludlum (who has a severe disability and employs about a dozen PCAs at any one time:



The public hearing for HB 6486, AN ACT CONCERNING HOME HEALTH CARE SERVICES AND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A PERSONAL CARE ATTENDANT WORKFORCE COUNCIL, will be on Tuesday, March 8 at 1:30. No word about signups yet, but I should know tomorrow. They want testimony submitted electronically the day before, and I should know more about that soon.

From what I hear, Senator Musto (Co-Chair of Human Services) is on the fence, waiting for more information to come in. If you can only write ONE letter, focus on him. Of course, if you can contact a few other people as well, that would be great too!

Our strategy has been to make the progressive case: unions may do good things, but this time people with disabilities and personal assistants are at risk of being run over by the much more powerful and wealthy SEIU. Please protect us! We have a handout about this and it is attached.

Interesting things for your viewing pleasure:

SEIU's lead organizer Melissa Pinnick picketing the SEIU and yelling "How do you spell hypocrisy? S.E.I.U.!"

The SEIU's new theme song. PLEASE NOTE: not suitable for young viewers. It is on their official web site here:

Or if you are like me and want to see the lyrics, watch it on YouTube, here:

Don't be discouraged! The SEIU keeps shooting ítself in the foot. We to be organized, dignified, and clear that unionizing personal assistants will hurt them and us.

Jim O'Sullivan said...

Well said. It is also worth noting that "public" employees are protected by a comprehensive array of Civil Service Laws. Further, unions in the public sector use their influence and money (union dues)to "threaten" those with whom they are negotiating. Ergo, 'if you don't give me what I want, you won't be re-elected since I'll back another candidate'. In essence, public unions hold all the cards during a negotiation!