Nobody wants money deducted from their paycheck. Nobody. And as Americans, it’s our right to decide what we do – or don’t – spend money on.
That’s the idea behind Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s proposed legislation called the “National Right to Work Act.” The proposed bill would make it so an employee union could not force members to pay union dues.
It does so by stripping away the federal laws that gives unions the powers to make employees pay in the first place. (Why was the federal government allowed to give that power to unions…well, just check the Constitution and let us know if it’s in there) Taking away those laws would allow workers to decide whether they want to join a union or not, and whether to support that union’s activities.
More freedom for the American worker.
Said Sen. Paul, in his own statement on his own website:
“’Every American worker deserves the right to freedom of association – and I am concerned that the 26 states that allow forced union membership and dues infringes on these workers’ rights,’ Sen. Paul said…’Nearly 80 percent of all Americans support the principles and so I have introduced a national Right to Work Act that will require all states to give their workers the freedom to choose.’”
By the way, on a related note: During President Obama’s first term, the top eight job-growth states all had Right to Work laws in place. What does that tell you? I’ll let you come to your own conclusions.
Anyway, Paul had another few comments.
One, his bill doesn’t add anything to federal law. Not one word. It only takes away powers that arguably shouldn’t be there in the first place. Two, there are as many as 8 million Americans who are forced to pay labor dues – by law. This comes from the National Labor Relations Act and the Railway Labor Act.
“These workers are not required to join a workers union but they are required to pay the dues; and if workers refuse to pay these union fees, they risk losing their jobs to Big Labor.”
Would you call that fair?
Let us know in the comments what you think about labor union dues. Should workers have the right to opt out if they want that money in their paycheck?
Photo courtesy of Daniel Dionne, via Flickr Creative Commons
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