Think About It…… January 30, 2013
Last month Michigan which the Wall Street Journal labeled “the crucible of the modern organized-labor movement“ enacted Right To Work legislation. Specifically, violent union opposition to right-to-work laws triggered a simple question: If unions truly make life better for employees, then why do they fear employee choice?? Why is it that employees must be compelled into membership??
It’s sort of like the old Berlin Wall in Germany. For decades, and even today, Marxists and Communists professed the superiority of their economic and political system. But if that were true, if that system improved the lives of people living under it, then why would they build walls to prevent people from leaving under the threat of execution??
Right-to-work laws merely allow individuals to choose whether to join a union. What could be more straightforward than that??
They do not, as Barack Obama typically misstated during a rally against the Michigan legislation, “take away your rights to bargain for better wages and working conditions.” Employees in right-to-work states remain fully empowered under longstanding federal law to unionize. What right-to-work laws simply do is prevent “closed union” workplaces, which compel membership and payment of full union dues as a condition of employment.
But the matter extends far beyond fairness. Right-to-work laws also increase prosperity. Labor Department figures show that right-to-work states have far less unemployment, average weekly wages are much higher and the cost of living in right-to-work states is lower.
Over the past decade, right-to-work states witnessed 12% wage growth compared to merely 3% growth in states without R-T-W laws. A recent CNBC poll on the “Top States for Business” shows that 13 of the top 15 states were right-to-work states.
Moreover, people across the US are voting with their feet. Between the 2000 and 2010 census years, approximately 5 million people relocated to right-to-work states from non-right-to-work states and over the past 40 years right-to-work states have grown 100% in population compared to only 33% in non-right-to-work states.
Or consider Michigan’s neighbor, Wisconsin. After Governor Scott Walker signed reform legislation, public employee membership plummeted by more than 50% in just a few months. During that same time period, the American Federation of Teachers Union saw more than 6,000 of its 17,000 members leave the union when finally given the choice to do so.
It is certainly its time for Alaska to do away with all Public Employee Unions. The sooner the better!
Sadly, union leaders and members resorted to violence after the Michigan vote, much of it before cameras. Their Union violence reinforces the point that individuals reject their agenda when given the choice, so brutality with beatings and force become the Union’s tactic of choice. Just like the East Germans, come to think of it.
Think About It! JCD 01-30-13