Career Calling

February 9, 2013

National Right to Work Legislation

As reported in Daily Kos, camera-loving senator from Kentucky, Rand Paul, has introduced a national right to work [for less] bill.  The real purpose of this bill, like the ones passed at the state level, is to gut unions.  Paul claims that closed shop rules hurt workers’ freedom by making them pay dues to unions that negotiate their contracts and protect their rights.  However, isn’t any individual free to work in any non-union [lower paid] position she wishes?  Paul says every worker deserves “freedom of association” by which he means freedom not to join a union.  His concern is not the individual, unless that person is a CEO of a large corporation.

The real problem is that Paul and other servants of corporate wealth have worked for decades to gut the “freedom of association” that enables workers join in a union.  Laws have been passed that make organizing more and more difficult.  Large corporations and small companies intimidate organizers and pay off other workers to bash unions.  The corporate megaphones of conservative talk radio and Fox News have turned “union” into a dirty word for many American who can’t think critically and are ignorant of history.

When union membership was highest, so were wages of the working and middle classes.  As union membership has fallen over the last three decades, so have wages.  Maybe Senator Paul has confused poverty with freedom.  The American people need to wake up and stop listening to lies that only serve to make the rich richer.

 

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