National Right to
Work Committee: Amazon “Dodged a Bullet” By Cancelling HQ2 in Forced Unionism
National Right to
Work President Mark Mix encourages Amazon to consider the advantages of locating
planned Long Island City HQ in a Right to Work state
Link to news release
Springfield, VA (March 5, 2019) – National Right to
Work Committee President Mark Mix has applauded Amazon.com, Inc. in an open
letter for refusing to give in to unreasonable demands by union bosses and
their political allies in New York and encourages the company to consider the
advantages of the Right to Work states when looking for a replacement site.
Mix said Amazon
had “dodged a bullet” by cancelling its plans to open one of its new
headquarters in Long Island City,
since there are no Right to Work protections in New York State to curb coercive
tactics by union officials to impose compulsory unionism on workers.
announced the New York City location, union bosses immediately injected their
demands for corralling Amazon employees into union forced-dues ranks, where
workers are fired for any nonpayment of union dues or fees. The demands were
intended not only for the 25,000 employees Amazon had planned to hire for the
Long Island City location, but also that Amazon “assist” union organizers in
placing workers elsewhere under forced unionization arrangements, specifically
by demanding that the company agree to a so-called “neutrality agreement.”
Instead of allowing
future workers to freely choose, after hearing both arguments for and against
unionization, whether they desired union representation through a secret ballot
election, this “neutrality agreement” would have forced Amazon management to stand
down and allow union to impose unionization on workers from the top down. Such
agreements block workers from hearing information about potential the potential
downsides of unionization, and often bypass the secret ballot vote entirely by
unionizing workers through the notoriously coercive “card check” process.
Amazon to consider relocating this headquarters to one of the 27 Right to Work states
across the country instead of New York. In addition to protecting the rights of
workers from compulsory unionism, Right to Work states tend to enjoy lower
taxes, faster job growth and better cost of living than non-Right to Work states.
Amazon’s two other
current expansions are both in Right to Work states: Nashville, Tennessee and
Included here is
the full text of Mix’s letter:
Open Letter to
I could not help but note the recent news reports that you
have decided to cancel a major infrastructure investment in New York.
Allow me to congratulate you on having dodged a bullet.
As you know, polls
showed that the people of New York were excited about Amazon bringing 25,000
high-paying jobs into their area.
Yet despite the clear benefits to the residents of Long
Island City, Amazon immediately began to face a flood of hostility from local
politicians, left-wing activists, and, not surprisingly to us here at National
Right to Work, union officials.
Such hostility is sadly common in forced-unionism states like
You see, Big Labor’s ability to force workers to pay union dues
or fees as a condition of working has led the union bosses and the politicians
they finance to routinely ignore the desires of the hard-working men and women
they claim to “represent.”
The fact is, job
growth in the Right to Work states is nearly double that of the forced unionism
for just that reason.
adjusting for cost of living, it’s clear that families in Right to Work states
have on average $4,500 more to spend in after-tax real income.
That’s why site
selection consultants consistently report more than half of their clients won’t
even consider non-Right to Work states, when looking to relocate, invest, or
So it makes sense
for you to expand in Nashville, Tennessee and Arlington, Virginia, both in
states which have Right to Work laws.
My question to you
is why you ever had New York, and more specifically, New York City on your
list, when there are dozens of cities open and welcoming for business across
the twenty-seven Right to Work states?
National Right to
Right to Work Committee, established in 1955, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, single-purpose
citizens’ organization dedicated to the principle that all Americans must have
the right to join a union if they choose to, but none should ever be forced to
affiliate with a union in order to get or keep a job. Its web address is www.nrtwc.org.