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Democrats Want To Turn The Clock Back To Before 1947

April 10, 2019
Washington Examiner

Democrats in Congress want to turn back the clock.

In 1947, amid a period of labor unrest so extreme that the public had taken notice, Congress passed the Labor-Management Relations Act, better known as the Taft-Hartley Act, over the veto of President Harry S. Truman. The bill was an effort to strike a reasonable balance in labor relations where the decade-old Wagner Act had failed.

Among Taft-Hartley’s critical reforms was that it permitted states to adopt what are now known as right-to-work laws. These laws make it illegal for employers to discriminate against nonunion workers. In right-to-work states, no one has to pay union dues as a condition for keeping his or her job. In all other states, unwilling workers can be forced to pay into union coffers, which in practice often means they are forced to pay for political advocacy they oppose.

In the 72 years since Taft-Hartley became law, 29 of the 50 states have adopted right-to-work laws, including six states since 2012. Two states, including New Hampshire in 1949 and Missouri in 2018, later repealed right-to-work, and in West Virginia, the new right-to-work law is temporarily on hold pending a possible state Supreme Court ruling.

More and more states have been going right-to-work in recent years, and it isn’t hard to see why given the economic evidence. Between 2001 and 2016, right-to-work states experienced job growth nearly twice as great, 27% compared to 15%, as forced-unionism states. They have also consistently outpaced the other states in wage growth and economic output. Business owners prefer to locate their firms in right-to-work states, all other things being equal, and domestic population migration has consistently moved this decade away from forced-union states to right-to-work states.

Right-to-work is usually a good deal for workers and even for union members. It ensures their freedom of association and helps create a local climate of prosperity, a rising tide that lifts all boats. And a substantial number of union members and fee-payers, if given the choice not to pay union dues, would quit their union in a heartbeat, as has been demonstrated among public employees since the 2018 Supreme Court Janus decision. In Wisconsin, for example, in the time since forced dues by public employees were banned in 2011, 52% of public sector employees have left their unions, according to government data compiled at

Union bosses hate right-to-work because they don’t like being forced to work for their pay. It isn’t easy to keep members happy, as they must in states where union membership is optional. The bosses would much prefer to trap those in a prison of forced payments and default monopoly representation. Some unions have even cut deals with company management at their members’ expense, then turned to federal law to prevent the workers from decertifying them.

Despite labor unions’ sharp decline in popularity among workers, congressional Democrats are more or less owned by union bosses. That is why House Democrats are proposing a bill outlawing state right-to-work laws. This would turn the clock back to before 1947.

There are two Americas: a right-to-work America that is growing economically and gaining population and a forced-union America that is stagnant, losing congressional seats with each successive census. More and more states are opting to join the vibrant and dynamic America. This is why Democrats are trying to kill off right-to-work, to help their political cronies. The bill will not pass the Republican-controlled Senate, but it should serve as a reminder of how important it is not to put Democrats in positions of power.

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Tell Congress: Stop the PRO Act

WFI is working to prevent passage of the so-called Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act)—a wholesale labor reform package that takes the current careful balance of labor rules and tips it greatly in the favor of labor bosses and forced collective bargaining.

The PRO Act robs workers of the right to a secret ballot to form a union, forces union contracts on workers without a vote of approval, and expose workers’ personal contact information to union bosses seeking to organize a workplace. And that’s just the start.

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WFI Key Vote Letter: Opposition to PRO Act

— 02.10.2020 —
Dear Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader McCarthy: On behalf of the Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI), I am writing to share our organization’s vehement opposition to H.R. 2474, the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act). WFI has serious concerns with the broad, overreaching nature of this legislation and the many ways in which it would undermine worker freedom and privacy, while simultaneously threatening businesses and entire industries that keep America’s economy thriving. Please note that WFI will include votes on the PRO Act and its amendments on our Congressional Labor Scorecard, which scores and ranks legislators based on their activity associated with workplace issues. WFI was established to fight for American employees and employers as well as our entire economy. We believe in worker empowerment, the right of workers to be fully informed of the options available for worker-involvement in the workplace, and the right to freely choose whether to organize or not. No individual or group – government, a union or an employer – should be able to intimidate or restrict workers’ in exercising these rights. In an attempt to boost flailing union membership at the expense of workers’ rights, the PRO Act would upend decades of established U.S. labor law and institute myriad anti-employee and anti-employer policies that have already been soundly rejected—by Congress, various federal agencies, or the courts. Among its most blatant affronts to workers’ rights, the PRO Act would eliminate the right to a secret ballot when determining whether to unionize and enforce a “card check” system, exposing workers to the potential for harassment, intimidation, and coercion. The PRO Act would also enforce binding arbitration in union negotiations by a government- appointed bureaucrat; repeal and eliminate right-to-work laws in 27 states, force workers to fund union activities regardless of whether they support them; and threaten the ability of individuals to operate as independent contractors, eliminating traditional economic and employment opportunities and threatening the independence and flexibility of the emerging gig economy. On top of all that, the PRO Act would force all workers’ personal and home contact information to be provided to a union during organizing campaigns – in an electronic, searchable format no less, with no limit on what a union can do with that information. WFI believes in advancing sensible policies that protect and preserve the rights of both employees and employers, and we welcome the opportunity to work with legislators who also support these efforts. However, the PRO Act does not achieve these goals and would instead threaten the rights of both while jeopardizing our entire economy. WFI urges members of the House to strongly oppose the PRO Act. Sincerely, Heather Greenaway Executive Director Workforce Fairness Institute See the letter here.
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