June 2019 National Right To Work Newsletter Summary

Presidential Hopefuls Vow to Kill Right to Work

Pay Big Labor to Undercut Your ‘Economic Interests,’ or Be Fired!

Kamala Harris, the junior U.S. senator from California and one of roughly 20 hopefuls for the Democrat Party’s 2020 presidential nomination, knows full well that many employees who are subject to union monopoly bargaining would be better off if they weren’t.

In fact, in the fall of 2015, Ms. Harris and several other statewide California officeholders effectively admitted that laws authorizing union bosses to act as the sole spokesperson for members and non-members alike in contract negotiations with the employer can and often do hurt talented employees.

At that time, Ms. Harris was California’s attorney general. … more in June newsletter.

Big Labor Politicians Flaunt Supreme Court

Washington Governor Poised to Sign Unconstitutional Legislation

It’s now been roughly a year since the U.S. Supreme Court decided that government employers across the country may not deduct union dues or fees from employees’ paychecks unless the employees “clearly and affirmatively consent before any money is taken from them.”

Unfortunately, the union-label politicians who hold the reins of power in Olympia, Wash., don’t appear yet to have gotten the message sent by Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, a case argued and won by National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation attorney Bill Messenger on behalf of Illinois civil servant Mark Janus. … more in June newsletter.

Monopolistic Unionism Hurts Autoworkers

Union-Free Factories Help Make Tennessee an ‘Automotive Leader’

As this Newsletter edition goes to press in early May, United Auto Workers (UAW/AFL-CIO) union bosses are embroiled in their latest bid to corral employees at the Volkswagen (VW) motor vehicle-assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., into a union collective.

At the outset of this unionization campaign, Tennessee UAW official Steve Cochran flatly admitted that higher pay for production employees is not the goal. … more in June newsletter.

If You Quit the Union, Youll Lose Your Job

Grocery Worker Whom Union Boss Threatened Files NLRB Complaint

Early in the afternoon on Thursday, April 11, top bosses of five subsidiaries of the mammoth United Food & Commercial Workers union (UFCW) sent more than 30,000 New England supermarket employees out on strike.

And UFCW bigwigs evidently didn’t believe they could win their battle against roughly 240 Stop & Shop stores in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island simply by convincing employees to walk off their jobs without fear of reprisals if they didn’t. … more in June newsletter.

Tax Burdens Heavier in Forced-Dues States

Lower Housing, Energy Costs Magnify Right to Work Tax Advantage

On April 16, according to the nonpartisan, Washington, D.C.-based Tax Foundation, “Tax Freedom Day” (TFD) 2019 finally arrived.

The Tax Foundation’s entire analysis is available at www.taxfoundation.org — the group’s web site.

As the Tax Foundation explains, TFD is “the day when the nation as a whole has earned enough money to pay its total tax bill for the year.” … more in June newsletter.

Big Labor Spends How Much on Politics?

Union Electioneering/Lobbying Cost Over $2 Billion in 2017-18

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Drawing on data furnished by four major public-disclosure resources, the National Institute for Labor Relations Research has recently, and conservatively, estimated that Big Labor spent more than $2 billion on politics and lobbying in 2017 and 2018. 

The Institute’s fact sheet analyzing union bigwigs’ expenditures over the past two years intended to “influence the selection, nomination, election, or appointment of anyone” to “public office” and/or mold public policy through other means was published on April 23.  … more in June newsletter.

(source: June 2019 National Right To Work Newsletter)