Tuesday, February 22, 2011

It’s Time for a National Right-to-Work Law

The events in Wisconsin pitting teachers’ unions against taxpayers give us a golden opportunity for real freedom in the workplace by enacting a national right-to-work law.

Who needs another boss? If you work, you probably have enough of them already.

And why should you be forced to join a union if you don’t want to? Isn’t freedom all about choice? Shouldn’t you make that decision yourself? Couldn’t you use the extra money that is legally removed from your paycheck?

It’s a wonder that we don’t already have a law that prohibits the mandatory confiscation of a workers’ pay, particularly when it comes to politics. Many rank and file members are becoming increasing vocal in their opposition to having their union dues used to support a political candidate they don’t personally support.

At one time, American unions served a vital service to the workers they represented. We have the union movement to thank for the 40-hour workweek, among many other benefits that were later codified into law. But today’s unions are a different beast, as we’re seeing in Wisconsin.

Here’s a taste of some of the false rhetoric emanating from the union protestors, countered with a bit of reality…

I’d think that teachers would have a better grasp of history, especially if they were responsible for teaching my kid. If this is any indication of what’s being taught in the classroom, then it’s also time to start examining the curriculum for this type of leftist indoctrination. I suspect Billy Ayers would not welcome such a move.

Nationally, we have a big political problem with unions. As you probably know, they contribute almost exclusively to radical leftist candidates and were among the biggest supporters of Barack Obama in 2008. As president, Obama was more than happy to bail out GM and Chrysler, a move that prevented those companies from renegotiating their contracts with the unions by declaring bankruptcy. This goes back to yesterday’s post about corruption in high places and campaign contributors greedily expecting a direct favor (or favors) for their political support.

It’s no secret that wages that are well above the national average for comparable work are helping to price American companies out of the global marketplace. This also extends to the outrageous salaries that some executives receive.

There are a couple of organizations that are working towards the goal of freedom for American workers. The National Right to Work Legal Foundation is one of them. The National Right to Work Committee is another.

This is a concept whose time has come. Governor Walker is doing the work he was elected to do by standing up to the unions and their continued demands that place them above the good citizens of Wisconsin who pay their salaries.

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