Yesterday there were articles in both the DC Examiner and Washington Post about efforts by a group of union lawyers to force employers to bargain with unions that have not even been chosen by a bare majority of employees. In the Post, Bloomberg columnist Cindy Skrzycki writes:
The United Steelworkers, United Auto Workers and five other unions petitioned the National Labor Relations Board on Aug. 14 to require employers to bargain with small groups of union members, even if the union doesn’t represent a majority of those in the workplace… The petition would force employers to recognize unions that would bargain only for their dues-paying members — so-called members-only unions.
What is most striking about this rulemaking petition is that union officials have conceded the falsity of their flimsy justification for compulsory unionism. National Right to Work Foundation vice president Stefan Gleason addressed this when the petition was originally filed last month:
Filing of this NLRB rule-making petition may be one of the biggest political mistakes union officials have ever made. The Steelworkers and its coalition of other unions have conceded that they are not actually forced by law to represent employees who are not union members and who do not want their "representation."
Through their rule-making petition, union officials have totally undercut their justification for compulsory dues privileges. Big Labor’s opposition to Right to Work laws (which ban compulsory unionism) has been predicated upon union complaints about the so-called "burden" of representing nonunion members. Today’s filing demonstrates that this common union argument is disingenuous at best, and a fraud at worst.
Here are just some of the op-eds from National Right to Work out there today on Labor Day 2007.
Mark Mix has a piece in the Washington Times about the Police and Fire Fighter Monopoly Bargaining Bill. Mark also writes today in the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram about the Foundation’s latest efforts to protect workers from compulsory unionism in the Lone Star State. He also has pieces in the Great Falls Tribune about a Montana Right to Work law, in the Detroit Free Press about a Michigan Right to Work law (scroll down), and the Rochester Post Bulletin on the Card Check Forced Unionism Bill.
Meanwhile, Stefan Gleason writes on National Review Online about the National Labor Relations Board failing America’s workers.
The Wall Street Journal’s John Fund nails it in his article "Crime Without Punishment." The Federal Election Commission’s $775,000 fine against the union-dues-funded America Coming Together (ACT) 527 group is a pathetic joke.
This fine is less than one percent of the $100 million illegally funnelled into electing liberal Democrats and "Giving George W. Bush a one-way ticket back to Crawford, Texas." Perhaps the puny fine levied against the group founded by George Soros and SEIU union president Andy Stern should instead be referred to as a federal election "commission."
Stripping union officials of their power to force American workers to pay dues would do far more to clean up the political process than relying on some feckless federal agency like the FEC.
In Tuesday’s Indy Star, Ed Fuelner hits the nail on the head with an article on Congress’s efforts to slash the budget of the OLMS (the Department of Labor office that investigates union fraud corruption and the misspending of union dues):
Unions control some $22 billion, a staggering amount of money. All of it comes from their members. These workers deserve to know what union leaders spend their hard-earned money on — whether it’s the $65 million the National Education Association gave Jesse Jackson’s liberal pressure group in 2005 or the $130,000 salaries earned by 49 union leaders at AFL-CIO headquarters last year.OLMS is clearly doing a job that needs to be done. Its hundreds of criminal convictions prove that.
Meanwhile, this study from the National Institute for Labor Relations Research cites that Right to Work states continue blazing past forced unionism states in job growth at a 5-to-1 clip.
A group of State employees from Maine have decided they’re not going to take it any more when it comes to paying forced union dues- many have decided to quit their jobs instead.
State employee Shirley Laruss, currently battling cancer, would rather her money go towards co-pays and medical bills.
Meanwhile, Mark Turek of UnfairShare.org says, "I’ve spoken with so many people that are so very, very frustrated. I’ve had people call me in tears."
Shame on the legislature in Maine for forcing their public servants to choose between paying dues to an unwanted union and losing their jobs.
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