Committee Helps Thwart Minnesota Power Grab
This summer, the Republican-controlled Minnesota state Senate came dangerously close to acquiescing to a Big Labor power grab...
There is a lot of misleading rhetoric about agency fees, illustrated by Michigan Education Association president Steve Cook, who said last week, “No one is forced to join a union – that’s already illegal. This allows workers to get out of paying their fair share of what it costs to negotiate the contract they benefit from. Whether proponents call this ‘right-to-work’ or ‘freedom-to-work’, it’s really just ‘Freedom to Freeload.’”
Leaving aside the question of those who may not benefit from a contract they are forced to pay for – math and science teachers, low-seniority teachers, high-performing teachers, teachers who might want a different insurance provider – unions are required by law to represent everyone in a bargaining unit, regardless of membership status, because they insist on it. The very first thing any new union wants is exclusivity. No other unions are allowed to negotiate on behalf of people in the bargaining unit. Unit members cannot hire their own agent, nor can they represent themselves. Making people pay for services they neither asked for nor want is a “privilege” we reserve for government, not for private organizations. Unions are freeloading on those additional dues.
Three businesses that are expanding soon in Right to Work South Carolina are Auria, Monti, and Home Depot, furthering the economy.
Don Smith and Mark Mix discuss a few of the many schemes hidden inside of recent federal legislation that reward Big Labor bosses for their billions in campaign contributions.