Congressional Sponsorship of S.525 and H.R.2571
Thanks largely to aggressive grass-roots activism by members of the National Right to Work Committee, the number of congressional cosponsors of the forced-dues repeal legislation (National Right to Work Act ) introduced in the U.S. House and Senate early this year continues to rise.
S.525 and H.R.2571, respectively introduced early in the
2019-20 Congress by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), had a
combined total of nearly 100 sponsors as this Newsletter went to press in early
These essentially identical bills would not add a single
word to federal labor law.
Instead, they would simply repeal the current provisions in
the federal code that authorize and promote the termination of employees for
refusal to pay dues or fees to an unwanted union.
“When S.525 or H.R.2571 becomes law, private-sector
employees in all 50 states will have the freedom to choose as individuals
whether or not to join or bankroll a union,” explained Right to President Mark
“No employees covered by federal statutes will face job loss
as a consequence of their decision to refuse to pay dues or fees to a union
they would never join voluntarily.”
Mr. Mix added that there is every reason to expect a
national Right to Work law would benefit employees financially in addition to
protecting their personal freedom.
Four Top-Ranking States For Private-Sector Job Growth All
Have Right to Work Laws
As an illustration, Mr. Mix cited U.S. Commerce Department
Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) data gauging nonfarm, private-sector
employment growth over the past decade.
(Unlike the payroll jobs data reported by the U.S. Labor
Department, BEA jobs data include self-employment and contractual employment.)
“All of the four top-ranking states for 2008-18
private-sector employment growth, in percentage terms, are Right to Work
states,” said Mr. Mix. “Meanwhile, five of the six lowest-ranking states for
job growth are today and have for many decades been forced-unionism.”
(Since Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, West Virginia and
Kentucky all adopted Right to Work laws between 2012 and 2017, they are
excluded from this analysis.)
Overall, BEA-reported private-sector employment in Right to
Work states grew by 17.2% over the past decade. That increase is a third larger
than the average for forced-dues states.
“Making the private-sector Right to Work protections now in
effect in 27 states nationwide would, of course, create many more opportunities
in our country for investors to put their money to work on job-creating
projects,” commented Mr. Mix.
“That’s why, of all the economic reforms Congress may
consider in its 2019-20 session, the National Right to Work Act would surely
have the strongest positive impact for jobs and incomes.”
He vowed that, throughout the rest of this year and the
next, National Right to Work members would continue to encourage Senate
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to allow hearings, debate, and
roll-call votes on S.525.
Poll After Poll Shows Lopsided Public Support For Right
to Work Principle
Meanwhile, pro-Right to Work House members are being encouraged
to look for a chance to secure roll-call votes on H.R.2571 as an amendment to
“Recorded votes in the Senate and House will advance the
Right to Work cause,” emphasized Mr. Mix, “even if Big Labor rounds up enough
pro-forced unionism and union-boss-appeasing politicians to prevent the
legislation from passing either chamber of Congress.
“That’s because recorded votes will make it clear exactly
which politicians support employees’ personal freedom of choice, and which are
Big Labor stooges.
“And poll after poll shows nearly 80% of Americans who
regularly vote in federal contests support Right to Work.”
Mr. Mix added that, even though it’s almost impossible to
get them to say it publicly and explicitly, the evidence is clear that union
bosses themselves know public opposition to compulsory unionism is massive and
He recalled that, just a couple of years ago, union
consultant Gordon Lafer, one of the most prominent anti-Right to Work activists
in America, couldn’t help admitting: “Almost every union I know is in a panic
about what do about Right to Work.”
“Dr. Lafer ain’t seen nothin’ yet,” said Mr. Mix. “Big
Labor’s real time to panic will be after floor votes on forced-dues repeal are
held in Congress!”