Letter: Schowalter, Right to Work?
October 11, 2016
Right to Work?
In one of Hillary Clinton’s recent campaign speeches she said, “ I will fight back against Right to Work”. So what is Right to Work? Right to Work is a law that prevents Unions from forcing workers to join the union or pay full union dues to keep their job. With her forced union agenda she said “Why am I not up 50 points?” The answer is simple she is out of touch with American workers, as numerous yearly polls show that 80 percent of Americans do not think you should be forced to join a union to keep your job. How does “Right to Work” work in the USA? Roosevelt and the Democrats forced workers to join unions in private and public job situations with the National Labor Relation Act in 1935. The law was modified in 1947 by the Taft-Hartley Act which allowed each state to decide if workers could be forced to join a union to keep their job. Twenty-six states have Right to Work laws. Four states recently voted for freedom: Indiana, Michigan, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Colorado is a Forced Union State. How does Right to Work affect the economy? Right to Work states have higher economic growth, higher employment rates and higher real disposal income. Americans are voting with their feet and leaving Forced Union states and moving to Right to Work states. The top nine growth states are Right to Work and the nine top losers are Forced Union states. Why is forced unionism bad for the economy? Forced union labor bosses create an inflexible work situation with a “hate the boss” attitude that creates a counter productive work environment. Forced unionism made the rust belt rust, as all are forced union states. New manufacturing plants almost always pick Right to Work states for a new plants-cars, steel, airlines, etc. Forced unionism is also bad for America as it creates the largest special interest group in the USA. Union bosses take forced union dues and contribute to Democratic candidates. The largest contributor for every Democrat candidate is labor unions. Hillary has told the labor bosses that she will circumvent Congress and force workers to join a union. She will do the same with Supreme Court Justices. If you want to be forced to join a union, vote for Hillary and other Democrats. I am voting for freedom.
Tim T. Schowalter