Theodore's World: GOP Senators Introduce National 'Right-to-Work' Bill to Restrict Unions

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March 13, 2011

GOP Senators Introduce National 'Right-to-Work' Bill to Restrict Unions

GOP Senators Introduce National 'Right-to-Work' Bill to Restrict Unions

FOX News

A group of conservative U.S. senators has introduced a bill to restrict unions from forcing workers to join and pay dues as a condition of employment.

The move on Capitol Hill comes as several states consider what’s known as “right-to-work” legislation — proposals that have met stiff resistance. Indiana Republicans recently shelved their right-to-work bill after it sparked protests at the capital and after Democrats fled the state to block it, mimicking the tactic used by Wisconsin lawmakers holding up Gov. Scott Walker’s anti-union proposal.

But GOP senators in Washington said national legislation is needed to stop the “strong-arm political tactics” they claim labor bosses are using to compel new employees into joining their ranks. They introduced the National Right to Work Act Tuesday.

“No American should be forced to join a union and pay dues to get a job in this country,” Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., said in a statement. “Many Americans are already struggling just to put food on the table, and they shouldn’t have to fear losing their jobs or face discrimination if they don’t want to join a union. Forced-unionism shields unions from member accountability and has a detrimental effect on the economy.”

Opponents of right-to-work legislation say the proposals would lower pay and hurt workers.

The American Federation of Government Employees, which represents federal workers, said in a statement Wednesday it would oppose the bill “in solidarity” with other unions, while noting it would not affect federal employees.

For years, the country has been split about 50-50 between states that allow employees to decide whether to join a union and states that allow unions to require membership. Most southern and central Midwestern states are right-to-work states, while the West Coast, New England and the northern Midwest comprise what critics call “forced-unionism” states.

Currently 22 states have right-to-work laws, according to the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation. Research by the National Conference of State Legislatures shows that several states in New England and in the northern Midwest are now considering right-to-work proposals.

Right-to-work advocates say states with those laws on the books are more conducive to economic growth.

DeMint was joined by seven other co-sponsors, including Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.; Orrin Hatch, R-Utah; Mike Lee, R-Utah; Rand Paul, R-Ky.; James Risch, R-Idaho; Pat Toomey, R-Pa.; and David Vitter, R-La.

In February ( last month) Mitch Daniels: Indiana Republicans Should Drop the Right to Work Bill

Gov. Mitch Daniels signaled this afternoon that Republicans should to drop the right-to-work bill that has brought the Indiana House to a standstill for two days and imperiled other measures.

Daniels told reporters this afternoon that he expects House Democrats will return to work if the bill dies. The Democrat minority has right to express its views, he added.


Wild Thing's comment.........

Good for othe GOP Senators for introducing this bill.

Bye Bye Gov. Mitch RINO Daniels for your wanting a truce with the Demcorats in your State on so many things. Glad he is NOT a Senator. Thank God for Gov.s like Scott Walker of Wisconsin.

Posted by Wild Thing at March 13, 2011 07:44 AM


With over 20 MILLION illegals in Estados Unidos
think about how many JOB$ there would be for LEGAL RESIDENT AMERICANS?

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at March 13, 2011 11:23 AM

This would be a good bet to get a bill like this. Right to work country and screw the unions. They take the money from their membership and squander it on a Usurper like obama. Good man Jim DeMint.

Posted by: Mark at March 13, 2011 06:56 PM

Darth, amazing isn't it. wow!!

Mark, good point, I was totally shocked with that last stimulas bill when we found out a lot of money was being given to the Unions a second time so they could use it for campaigns against Republicans. Our taxes to fight against ourselves. sheesh!!!!!!!

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 14, 2011 01:49 AM