“To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.” – Thomas Jefferson
Right to Work laws protect the right of employees to choose for themselves whether or not to join or financially support a union. Longtime readers of my work know that I’ve been exposing the compulsory-union dues racket since my days as a columnist at the Seattle Times. Here’s my 1999 column on how public school teachers in Washington state challenged their union over their political dues power grab. Here are your rights as a union worker. Here is a backgrounder on the permissible use of forced dues. As I wrote on Labor Day in 2010, free speech not only means the freedom to voice your political views, but also the freedom from being forced to pay for someone else’s.
U.S. Supreme Court precedent established by the D.C.-based National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation guarantees the right to full financial disclosure from a union and a right to challenge the figures in court if they disagree.
Today in Michigan, legislators are expected to approve a historic right to work bill.
If it is passed and signed into law, Michigan would become the 24th right-to-work state, banning requirements that nonunion employees pay unions for negotiating contracts and other services.
Democratic lawmakers and union backers acknowledge that they have little chance of stopping the tide, given the Republican-dominated Legislature and GOP Gov. Rick Snyder, who has pledged to sign the measure into law.
In an interview Tuesday with WWJ-AM, Mr. Snyder said he expected the bills to be on his desk later this week, calling them “good legislation.” He said the intention is to give workers a choice, not to target unions.
“This is about being pro-worker,” Mr. Snyder said.
As Doug Powers noted this morning, the teachers’ unions are up to their usual, power-protecting antics. Despite the re-election of their crony in the White House, state revolts — and courageous individual union members — are successfully pushing back against the forced redistribution of dues money from rank-and-file workers to Big Labor bosses.
Update: What did I tell ya?