In 28 states across the U.S., unionized workers can be forced to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment. If workers refuse to pay the union, the union can order them to be fired from their jobs.
However, since 1947, the so-called Taft-Hartley Amendments to the National Labor Relations Act (passed over Pres. Harry Truman's veto) enabled state legislatures to enact "Right-to-Work" laws which outlaw forced unionism.
It's not the first time he's pushed it. In 2008, he actually introduced a bill that went nowhere. However, this time union-
On Monday, Rep. Sherman sent a letter to colleagues encouraging them to join his efforts to force workers to pay union dues by ending Right-to-Work laws.
With nearly $700,000 pumped into his campaign coffers over his career by Big Labor (12 out of his top 20 contributors are unions), there's little wonder why the California Congressman would want to reward his backers. After all, California, (with all its fiscal issues) owes a lot to its unions.
Note: California is not a right to work state but its neighbors Arizona and Nevada are.
|Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers||$75,000||$0||$75,000|
|American Assn for Justice||$73,000||$0||$73,000|
|Credit Union National Assn||$71,819||$6,250||$65,569|
|Machinists/Aerospace Workers Union||$71,500||$0||$71,500|
|National Assn of Realtors||$67,750||$1,000||$66,750|
|Carpenters & Joiners Union||$67,500||$0||$67,500|
|United Auto Workers||$66,000||$0||$66,000|
|American Institute of CPAs||$62,500||$0||$62,500|
|American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees||$59,000||$0||$59,000|
|Operating Engineers Union||$58,000||$0||$58,000|
|United Food & Commercial Workers Union||$52,500||$0||$52,500|
|Specialty Merchandise Corp||$48,200||$48,200||$0|
|American Federation of Teachers||$44,031||$0||$44,031|
|Grobstein, Horwath & Co||$43,533||$43,533||$0|
|Deloitte & Touche||$41,750||$750||$41,000|
|National Education Assn||$40,000||$0||$40,000|
|Service Employees International Union||$37,200||$0||$37,200|
If Sherman and his colleagues succeed in getting a bill passed that ends workers' right to work, President Obama would likely sign it and millions of Americans could be forced to pay a union or be fired if they become unionized.
This is why....
Elections have consequences
Get out and vote in November.
hat-tip: Alliance for Worker Freedom
“I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.” Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776
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