Isn’t Free Choice a Civil Right?

Dolores Huerta is the cofounder of the United Farm Workers of America. She is described, by many, as a “civil rights” activist. But she has a long history of opposing basic rights for workers, such as the right to chose whether or not to join a union and the right to vote on unionization. In fact, as far back as 1971, Ms. Huerta said that farm workers “. . . don’t understand democracy, they don’t know what an election is.”

Apparently, neither does Ms. Huerta. That’s why it’s no surprise to see Ms. Huerta demand repeal of Texas’ Right to Work Law during a recent speech at Rice University.

The Rice Thresher newspaper notes that “Huerta said it was important to get rid of the Right-to-Work Act in Texas. . . . The act states that workers do not have to join a union if they choose not to. . . . Huerta said this was the difference between states like California and New York, where all workers are part of a union, compared to Texas, where few workers join unions.”

It’s simply amazing the disdain Ms. Huerta and her ilk have toward workers and their ability to decide whether or not to join a union. Has it ever occurred to Ms. Heurta that when given a choice, many workers just would not join? She probably has, but when it comes to forcing people into the ranks of Big Labor, apparently the ends justify the means.

Freedom of choice is a basic civil right. Too bad these self-anointed “civil rights” leaders can’t see the forest for the trees.