Like Leeches, Big Labor Bosses Seek More Paychecks to Forcibly Attach
Desperate to Take a Right to Work Scalp
Silver State’s 68-Year Ban on Compulsory Union Dues in
While Big Labor clearly remains by far the most powerful
special-interest lobby in 21st Century American politics, the union hierarchy
has suffered a series of setbacks in recent years.
Just since the beginning of 2012, five states have, with
National Right to Work Committee members’ assistance, adopted and begun
enforcing Right to Work laws that prohibit the termination of employees for
refusal to join or pay dues to an unwanted union.
And in 2018 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Janus v.
AFSCME, a case successfully argued by National Right to Work Legal Defense
Foundation Staff Attorney Bill Messenger, that extraction of compulsory union
dues or fees from public workers as a condition of employment violates the
Politicians’ Fear of Union Political Machine May at Last
Be Beginning to Erode
But the worst setback of all from Big Labor’s perspective
may be its failure, so far, to punish at the ballot box legislators in states
like Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin who helped pass Right to Work laws.
As a consequence of this failure, politicians’ fear of the
union political machine may be beginning to erode nationwide.
National Right to Work Committee Vice President John Kalb
“Today, roughly half of U.S. private-sector workers are
still employed in Big Labor-controlled states and are either potentially or
immediately subject to a forced-dues regime.
“But union bosses from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on
down know that states like Montana, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania are likely
to go Right to Work in the relatively near future unless they can convince
lawmakers in those states that it’s still too dangerous to buck them.
“And Organized Labor calculates it can achieve this
objective by wiping out, in the near future, at least one of the 27 current
Right to Work laws.”
Nevada is a prime union-boss target. Along with Virginia, it
is one of only two Right to Work states at this time in which Big Labor-backed
politicians hold both the governorship and majority leadership positions in
both chambers of the legislature.
In the Silver State, Democrat Gov. Steve Sisolak and
majorities of the Senate and the Assembly in Carson City already demonstrated
they are willing to tighten union officials’ stranglehold over the provision of
public services in a state where Right to Work has been on the books for nearly
National Union Bosses Have Already Collected on One ‘IOU’
Under S.B.135, a scheme rubber-stamped by the General
Assembly and signed by Mr. Sisolak last June, government union bosses were
handed monopoly-bargaining privileges over roughly 20,000 state employees.
The National Right to Work Committee and other citizen
groups mobilized intense public opposition to S.B.135, which will raise the
annual cost of state government to Nevada taxpayers by an estimated $500
But politicians adopted it anyway, making only cosmetic
changes, soon after a UNITE HERE union honcho personally visited Nevada to, in
his words, collect “on an IOU.”
“Expanded monopoly-bargaining priv-
ileges were just an appetizer for the union hierarchy,” said
“The next step is to pass legislation gutting, or flat-out
repealing, Nevada’s Right to Work law. But to accomplish that objective union
bosses may need first to tighten their control over Carson City.”
In 2019, union lobbyists’ campaign to reinstate forced
unionism in Nevada apparently fell short as a consequence of reluctance among
small contingents of the Democrat majorities in both legislative chambers to
flout flagrantly the wishes of their overwhelmingly pro-Right to Work
In this year’s elections, Big Labor will aim either to replace
politicians who refused to acquiesce to Right to Work destruction with
union-boss puppets, or intimidate them into submission.
But the Right to Work Committee will fight back by making
Nevada an important part of its nationwide state Survey 2020 program.
Grassroots Efforts Defend Employees’ Right to Work
“Thanks to the Committee’s state Survey 2020,” said Mr.
Kalb, “by Election Day this fall, tens of thousands of Right to Work supporters
in Nevada will have been notified about where their legislative candidates
stand on compulsory unionism, and urged to contact them regarding this issue.
“Right to Work supporters will be mobilized to keep
increasing the pressure on their candidates.
“Union-label candidates will have a choice. They can choose
to renounce Big Labor bosses’ support and pledge to support Right to Work in
the future. Or they can ignore Right to Work supporters’ pleas, and face the
potential political consequences.”