Kentucky is losing jobs to Right to Work neighbor Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana, Virginia and Florida, among others, says state Sen. Mike Wilson, R-Bowling Green. Wilson is fighting a principled battle to level the playing field for workers in Kentucky — a state that has been under the grip of big labor forced unionism since 1935.
In the article noting the benefits the state would receive from becoming Right to Work, Sen. Mitch McConnell, the US Senate Minority Leader agrees that lack of a Right to Work law is hurting economic growth in his state. That’s the good news.
The bad news, however, is that McConnell then displays his lack of knowledge of federal labor law and how union officials got the power to force workers to pay union dues and fees as a condition of employment in the first place. The Republican leader in the Senate indicates his opposition to a National Right to Work law.
What Senator McConnell must not know is that the National Right to Work law S. B. 504 is not a new law at all! The bill, if passed, would not add a single word to federal law. The bill, (link here), would simply repeal sections of federal labor law that allow union officials to have workers fired from their jobs if they don’t pay dues.
That’s ALL. In fact, if Senator McConnell would spend the time to research it, he would find that there is no law on the books in his home state of Kentucky that forces workers in the private sector to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment. That privilege is bestowed on union officials from the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT!
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) is leading the fight for workers nationwide by submitting legislation to protect workers from coast to coast. It’s time for Sen. McConnell and other hold-outs to join DeMint’s efforts.