It looks like Republicans are finally getting ready to move on their campaign promise to focus on jobs. Yes, they are going to buckle down and get rid of the greatest threat to American jobs – union membership.
Here comes the “Right To Work Act,” a bill designed to finish the destruction of unions that Scott Walker began in Wisconsin.
“No American should be forced to join a union and pay dues to get a job in this country,” said Senator DeMint. “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. In states where companies are forced to hire only union workers, businesses have struggled to compete while they deal with counterproductive work rules.”
“Facing a steady decline in membership, unions have turned to strong-arm political tactics to make forced unionization the default position of every American worker – even if they don’t want it,” said Senator Hatch. “This is simply unacceptable. At the very least, it should be the policy of the U.S. government to ensure that no employee will be forced to join a union in order to get or keep their job. The National Right to Work Act would do just that.”
Frankly, I think there are a lot of Americans who would be more than happy to pay dues if it got them a job. And to pay more dues if it meant that the job they got came with some basic protections like livable wages, reasonable hours, paid leave for when you are sick or disabled, the ability not to be fired for absolutely no cause, and so many other quality workplace protections that union members have enjoyed over the years.
Now, if Senator DeMint really wants to work on a Right to Work bill, perhaps he could focus a bit more on the actual economy so everyone who wants to be working has a job that they can be hired for.