published Sunday, May 15th, 2011

Defending workers’ freedom

Tennessee and most of the states in the Southeast are “right-to-work” states. That means workers cannot be forced to join a union and pay dues to hold a job.

But Big Labor’s influence in the Northeastern United States has historically been stronger. So that makes it all the more remarkable that the state of New Hampshire may be on track to free non-union workers from paying union dues involuntarily. In fact, New Hampshire could become the first Northeastern state that forbids unions to force unwilling workers to fund union activities.

New Hampshire lawmakers recently passed a right-to-work bill. The state’s Democrat governor vetoed it, but both houses may well have enough votes to override the veto.

At present, workers in New Hampshire may — technically — choose not to join a union at their workplaces. But even if they want no part in the union and do not want it to negotiate with management on their behalf, they can be compelled to pay “fees” — which really just amount to dues by another name — to cover the costs of collective bargaining and the like.

That’s unjust.

With union membership in the United States having plunged below 12 percent, it should be clear that most Americans have serious reservations about forming or joining unions.

Private-sector workers should have the right to peacefully organize unions if they wish. But union decisions should be by secret ballot — to prevent coercion of workers by Big Labor or management. And in no case should an unwilling worker be forced to fund the activities of a union that he chooses not to join.

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ceeweed said...

Nor should any worker benefit from the results of collective bargaining if they hate unions this much! Nor should they be privy to any such grievance process that is in place as a result of collective bargaining. Nor should they garner any cost-of-living increase that is part of any union contract. Yeah, the south has many great traditions! The Right to Work and to be fired for no reason. Hell, businesses don't ask workers to make concessions, they just put the screws to you. If you don't like it, tough sh*t.

May 15, 2011 at 7:14 p.m.
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