Right-to-Work States or Forced Union Due States?

UPDATE: February 1, 2012: Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels signed in to law the Indiana “Right-to-Work Law”, making Indiana the 23rd state in the nation to become a Right-to-Work state! (New Map below)

With the latest UNION THUGGARY and threats against FORD, it would seem to me that it would be in FORD’s best interest to MOVE from a FORCED UNION state to a right-tp-work state.

We currently have 13 million American’s unemployed who would LOVE to work, make $29 an hour PLUS another $27 an hour in benefits.

Beats the heck out of that what, $1,300 a month unemployment check with NO benefits?!

The UNIONS are out-of-control and need to be put in their place. Tax Payers should no longer be forced to put up with the UNION THUGGARY and be forced to feed their greed!

As of January 1, 2011 there are 22 states that are “Right-to-Work” states. What this means is that companies and employees within these 22 states have the RIGHT to join or not join a union and pay or not pay said union dues.

As background, in 1947, Congress amended the National Labor Relations Act with the Taft-Hartley Amendments which, among other things, gave states the right to establish “Right-to-Work” laws.  Until the Taft-Hartley Amendments, from 1935 to 1947, private-sector workers in all 50 could be required to pay dues to a union or, if not, be fired from their jobs. The ability of states to have Right-to-Work laws is contained in a single paragraph within the National Labor Relations Act (Section 14 [b]), which states:

(b) [Agreements requiring union membership in violation of State law] Nothing in this Act [subchapter] shall be construed as authorizing the execution or application of agreements requiring membership in a labor organization as a condition of employment in any State or Territory in which such execution or application is prohibited by State or Territorial law.

As a result of this one section being inserted into the 1947 amendments, states (through their legislatures) could determine whether or not to be a Right-to-Work state, or a forced-dues state.

In October of 2010, Democrat Congressman Brad Sherman introduced legislation that would remove the one section that allows states the “right-to-work” status and would then make then FORCED-DUES states, giving unions the ability to have workers FIRED for not paying union dues or fees!

Clearly, as we have seen in Wisconsin the Democrats were not able to give their UNION thugs-AKA the Political Campaign piggy banks- what they wanted!

National Right to Work Committee

National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation

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22 responses to “Right-to-Work States or Forced Union Due States?

  • humboldtkids

    You are clueless!

  • Ballsack

    I believe you are retarded

  • specfriggintacular

    @ Steve…..if a company breathed in a manner that “upset” Unions + Obama and his NLRB, they could throw a frivolous lawsuit at any company they wanted. In short, companies need to stop allowing the federal government to blackmail them and MOVE where it is more business friendly. I can assure you that anystate will open up their arms and welcome just about any company wanting to move to their state!

  • jbm

    People seem to think that a state which is not right to work means that every job in that state is a union job or something. I have worked in both WA and OR and not once have I been forced to pay union dues. I have enjoyed more take home pay though because my Boss’ feel they have to pay their employees more in order to keep them from jumping ship. Also only 17% (Last I heard) of US jobs are union jobs and I’m sure that number is dropping.

  • DAN BROWN

    I want to throw up on this guy. LIVE BETTER WORK UNION. You like anti-union states…. go to texas you’ll be lucky to find a 20 dollar an hour job.

    • Non-Union Worker

      I work in South Dakota in a non-unioned job and make $24 along with cheap healthcare. I’ve only been working at my company for two years and have no college experience, though I do have prior experience in this field. No shit you can find well paying non-union jobs in Right to Work States.

      • Tim

        tell that to a worker at walmart who is working 36 hours a week and still has to use food stamps. Or literally every state in the southeast, not only are they all right to work states; they are also the poorest states in the country. Why hasn’t RTW lifted them out of poverty. By the way South Dakota has far less people than practically every other state which means far less competition for you. Congrats though.

  • apoliticalblog1

    People need to grow up and realize that Unions are no longer working in the best interests of it’s members, but in the interests of the elite who run them, and that’s it. No one else matters. If they can get more members, then they can extend their power grabs and corruption.

  • Bill

    My son “a high school student” works part time at a unionized supermarket, and his weekly union dues are more than the Federal and State taxes taken out of his paycheck – combined!!!!
    This after an original $50 fee assessed on his first paycheck.

    This is ludicrious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • WesleyNemes

    Are you paid by Koch brothers? LOL

  • Tom

    Labor unions are the fundamental downfall of this nations ability to compete in the marketplace. If a workers skill level and dependability is high, they are in demand and paid well by non-union shops. In comparison a useless employee is protected by big brother and all but guaranteed the same wages and benefits. The thought of a union threatening a work stopping strike during this global economic war is appalling. As a business owner, I know that some months income is good and I can pay myself, others not so. Unions are either clueless or careless of the ebb and flow of cash in a company. All they care about is more, more, more. I started there. Worked in a huge high tech union factory, earning the highest wage grade level available. Life was good until the union wanted more and went on strike. Every greedy worker, tens of thousands of them watched from the picket line as the facility was closed, dismantled and moved. As I look back on it today, I applaud management and the shareholders for refusing to be held hostage.

    • Tim

      Unions don’t have to go on strike for factories to close down and ship all of those jobs somewhere else. And thanks to the federal tax code companies can remain in the U.S. but pay virtually no income tax because all of there production takes place overseas. And if you want a “fundamental downfall of this nations ability to compete in the {global} marketplace” blame the {extremely} expensive U.S. healthcare system as well.

  • Dennis

    Unions are a scam and their service values have ran out. Case in point…I worked for a unionized grocery store and the union making minimum wage and you were forced to join a union as a condition if employment. However, all the costs and details of the union were not layed out at the time of my hiring…instead sprung on me a month into the job. In order to join, the union wanted $324 by a certain date. If you didn’t have the $324, then you could pay $30 a week until the $324 was payed off and an additional $49 on the last week of the month for the next months dues. Even after joining, the store was only required to schedule you for 20 hours. On top of all these dues, they were deducting $35.84 a week for healthcare. Since I was new…none of these benefits went into effect until the 5 month if employment and I started paying after 1 month. Where does all that money go until I actually were to get benefits?? Makes no sense! I ended up quitting the job before joining the union. The day I quit was actually payday and they had the nerve to deduct the $35.84 from my check for healthcare even though I do not and have never had healthcare and have not joined the union. I have called the store’s payroll and the union to try and get that money back and all I get is each if them telling me I need to contact the other…total games. I used to be pro union…but after experiencing how they work, I am pro right to work. How in the world can unions say they are for the working class when after they have taken a big chunk of your money, it leaves the person without the means to live properly and having to rely on food stamps just to make it? Forget it!

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  • Brian C

    We Californians are tired of carrying the deadbeats in red states:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_taxation_and_spending_by_state

    It’s a thankless job… and you continue to lambast our institutions, our vibrant cultures, our contributions, all the while taking our handouts. Freeloading is UNAMERICAN. If you’re going to leech our tax dollars, don’t tell us how to run our state. If you hate California so much, don’t keep washing up on our shores.

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