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Republicans Sponsor “Right To Work” Act Versus Actually Work At Creating Jobs

Republicans Sponsor “Right To Work” Act Versus Actually Work At Creating Jobs

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.

According to The Page, Senator Jim DeMint released the following statement:

“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.

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11:44AM PST on Dec 31, 2012

We've seen how corruption can happen in unions; I say this not as an attack on unions, but as a statement of a simple fact...unions are large organizations, and there will always been bad apples in the ranks.

Corporations also have more than their fair share of corruption as well, especially prevalent in recent years. Again, not everyone in big business is bad, unfortunately like in unions it's sometimes the bad ones that know how to get ahead in the system.

The BIG difference, however, is what happens when this corruption is exposed...when a union boss is exposed, he's nailed to the wall. When the corruption was revealed on wallstreet recently, those companies and their executives were rewarded.

Before everyone abandons the unions, let's all stop and think...is big business, which gets rewarded for its negative actions, going to look after the people?

I think we all know the answer to that.

8:08PM PST on Mar 11, 2011

Right to work = right to be slaves

7:49AM PST on Mar 11, 2011

Sound Mind,
Huh?

10:53PM PST on Mar 10, 2011

So, the GOP is getting ready to get ready to maybe start thinking about getting ready to possibly give some thought to job creation. People, the republicans never had a plan for job creation, they don't at present have a plan for job creation, and probably have no intention of coming up with a plan for job creation any time in the near future. The exact opposite is true, and they are banking on the hope that voters will roll over again in 2012, and again believe the lie, that it's all Obama's fault. Bonehead John Boehner tweeted today, something to the effect that the huge deficit is killing jobs. The only thing killing jobs is the GOP.

9:05PM PST on Mar 10, 2011

RIGHT TO WORK??? you mean right to be hired and fired at will; paid whatever the corp desires; no health care; no time off and of course bring back child labor!!!

8:36PM PST on Mar 10, 2011

right to have a boss who thinks he's God and has every right to direct the course of your life whether your at work or not. Right to work is such a joke, it's one of those ironic statements like the US Patriot Act. It's one of those slogans that the religious right would up, that does the exact opposite of the meaning of the words. This is class warfare and culture warfare, those who don't fit the Religious Rights idea of life will become second class citizens. The unions are not perfect but they have keep the .greedy profiteers off our back. If this happens here what impact will it have world wide for people who already get treated worse than the dirt. Working conditions could resemble some of those overseas sweatshops, which we should have shut down. Employers do nothing but lie about how much money they can afford to pay for labor and benefits for employees, I have experienced right to work for myself, I used to take drive through order standing on a rub mat that was put there to cover up the water leaking from a pipe in the wall that gathered right in front of the drive through register for taking orders , just so the manager could get a bonus for not spending money to fit things

7:31PM PST on Mar 10, 2011

Where I worked, it was an "option" to join a union or not. No one forced me. Where the heck does that happen? In my hiring process union was never mentioned.
I found out the hard way about the importance of unions, my superiors were trying to get rid of me and trumped up a case that I had been moved from one position to another because "I wasn't working out". Truth was, I requested a transfer to get nearer into the department that I was qualified for. I also had been transferred to one department to replace a woman who was sexually harassed by a male co-worker and she then went into my all woman department. This was the example of my "not working out". The union went to bat for me. By the way...the male co-worker later was found out to have been hitting on all the females, from the 16 year old aides to us older women.

6:58PM PST on Mar 10, 2011

This article does not make any sense at all. Right to work states gain jobs while non right to work states lose jobs. Nobody wants to hire union period!!!!

4:59PM PST on Mar 10, 2011

More union busting from the republabagger lap dogs of the corporations.

2:49PM PST on Mar 10, 2011

Having no power of reason the Replyingtwofacedsackofsh*tcrotchroachicans don't even know they are confused!

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