Over the Labor Day weekend, National Right to Work Foundation President Mark Mix spread the message of worker freedom with radio interviews, and newspaper columns from coast to coast.
In a Daily Caller piece, Mix made the case that “Voluntary not coercive unionism respects American values”:
Americans regularly join and form clubs, civic associations, and church groups, to say nothing of the countless other organizations that rely on little more than the enthusiasm and support of their members. In fact Alexis de Tocqueville, the famous chronicler of early 19th century American life, observed that such associations are ingrained in our national character.
“Americans of all ages, all conditions, and all dispositions constantly form associations,” he wrote. “They have not only commercial and manufacturing companies, in which all take part, but associations of a thousand other kinds, religious, moral, serious, futile, general or restricted, enormous or diminutive.”
Much has changed since de Tocqueville’s time, but our shared enthusiasm for voluntary association has not. In fact, as technology has developed we’ve discovered new outlets for our passions and interests, with the Internet making it easier than ever to meet and share ideas, projects, and inspiration with like-minded people.”
In states with Right to Work laws, Mix provided many reasons for workers to celebrate. From The Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Congratulations and Happy Labor Day! As a resident of Virginia, you are one of the millions of Americans living in one of 26 right-to-work states. You might not know it from their opponents’ rhetorical posturing, but right-to-work laws are simple and to the point. A right-to-work law — like Virginia has had since 1947 — simply ensures that no employee can be forced to join or pay dues to a union, leaving the decision of union membership and financial support where it belongs, with each individual working person.
Simply on the basis of protecting each worker’s freedom of association, right-to-work should be embraced, but the advantages don’t stop there. Enshrining workplace freedom also brings significant economic benefits to the 26 states that have passed right-to-work laws.
In states without Right to Work laws, Mix made the case for them with economic and moral arguments. SouthCoastToday.com :
You’re not alone if this sounds absurd. In the last national Gallup poll that asked, nearly 80 percent of your fellow Americans agreed: No worker should be forced to pay union fees as a condition of employment. This overwhelming support for Right to Work included significant majorities of Republicans, Democrats and independent voters.
Big Labor union bosses in your state enjoy a special privilege allowing them to expand their ranks through compulsion. Union bosses can impose a monopoly bargaining contract that includes a forced-dues clause that requires every employee (even the ones who did not vote for the union) to pay tribute to the union officials, just for the privilege of having a job.
Instead of devoting themselves to providing the type of representation that workers would voluntarily pay for, Big Labor’s multibillion-dollar political machine in Washington, DC, and state capitals pushes for more government-granted power to force themselves on unwilling workers.
Big Labor’s position seems to be: Why should union officials bother with the hard work of representing employees if they’re sitting on a forced-dues revenue stream guaranteed by the government?
Mix was interviewed by The Pittsburgh Tribune , about the Foundation’s work:
Q: Do you think confusion exists among the general public as to what the foundation is attempting to accomplish?
A: Sure. Organized labor spends hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars a year to distort what this mission is all about. If you read the statutes that are on the books in all of the 26 right-to-work states, they do not stop one person from joining a union. They do not stop one person from paying union dues. They do not stop one person from participating in every single union activity that they want to participate in. Nothing in the statutes prohibits those things (but) they countenance the idea that someone can be fired for not joining a private organization and paying dues to it.
In addition, the National Right to Work Foundation's Labor Day statement was distributed to thousands of outlets all across the country, and Foundation spokesmen appeared on radio shows from coast to coast.