As reported in the Boston Globe and as seen in the New Hampshire debate video, both Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich believe it is perfectly okay for the federal government to mandate that every private sector worker in the United States pay forced-dues to labor unions as a condition of getting or keeping a job. Attention Mr. Romney and Mr. Gingrich: Right to Work is not a states’ rights issue, it is a freedom issue. The Federal government should not mandate compulsory unionism.
Mitt Romney from the Boston Globe, “Pressed by John Kalb, executive director of New England Citizens for Right to Work, about whether he would actively advocate for a federal law, Romney responded, ‘I’m a Tenth Amendment guy. I’d like the states to be the place we carry out this path.’”
It appears that Forced Unionism is a Big Government idea that Newt & Mitt embrace. In fact, it was the brain child of our Biggest Big Government president, before Obama. Franklin Roosevelt’s 1935 Wagner Act used, for the first time, federal powers to force every working man and woman to pay a third party, Big Labor bosses, in order to get or keep a job. It was wrong then, and it is outrageous now. Why would Gingrich and Romney embrace it?
In 1947, the American public had become so exasperated with Big Labor abuses of power that Congress made a half-hearted effort to fix the problem and passed the Taft-Hartley Act over President Harry Truman’s veto. (Truman’s presidential campaign had been heavily financed by forced-union dues.)
The Act gave states the right to opt out of federal forced-unionism created under the Wagner Act. But, the platform for federally imposed compulsion remains in-effect today. Essentially 50 states had forced-unionism for twelve years before their citizens had an opportunity to opt out of it.
Americans are forced to fight the forced-union dues financed Big Labor political machine to obtain Right to Work freedom. Though freedom is a Big idea, Big Labor “taxes” employees to create political machines that spent, by their own admission, over $1.1 Billion in the 2010 election cycle to prop-up legislators who support forced unionism.
It’s hardly been a fair fight, but thanks to millions of members of the National Right to Work Committee and others there are currently 22 Right to Work states.
The fact is The National Right to Work Act that is pending in the U.S. Congress does not add a single word to federal law; it simply repeals two sections-two sections that federally authorizes forced-unionism across America.
But, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich should abandon the idea that Right to Work is a states’ rights issue unless first they want to reverse the Federal government’s current default position of compulsion.
What has the Right to Work fight been about for 75 years? It has been about giving employees the right to choose whether not to pay tribute to a union boss as a condition of employment. Right to Work does not outlaw unions, it only outlaws compulsory union fees. Why would Gingrich and Romney as president want to support a federal law that imposes compulsion of American employees?