Via Paul’s web site, this lovely press release:
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Rand Paul this week introduced the National Right to Work Act, S. 204, which seeks to preserve and protect the free choice of individual employees to form, join, or assist labor organizations, or to refrain from such activities.
“Every American worker deserves the right to freedom of association – and I am concerned that the 26 states that allow forced union membership and dues infringes on these workers’ rights,” Sen. Paul said. “Right to work laws ensure that all Americans are given the choice to refrain from joining or paying dues to a union as a condition for employment. Nearly 80 percent of all Americans support the principles and so I have introduced a national Right to Work Act that will require all states to give their workers the freedom to choose.”
Sen. Paul’s Right to Work Act does not add a single word to existing federal law, it simply deletes forced unionism provisions in federal law.
Due to six infringing and freedom-crushing provisions in the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and the Railway Labor Act (RLA), there are currently 8 million working Americans who are required by law to pay union dues. These workers are not required to join a workers union but they are required to pay the dues; and if workers refuse to pay these union fees, they risk losing their jobs to Big Labor.
As you can see, Rand Paul is all about FREEDOM! What happened to being all about jobs? And fairness? And equality? And freedom to, you know, bargain? And having decent working conditions? And pay?
But see, as he introduces the idea of a new national “right to work” (right to work for less) bill, his emphasis is on FREEDOM! Did I mention FREEDOM?
And don’t get me started on “choice.”
They already have the freedom to pay the representation fee instead of joining.
This is exactly the opposite to everything we are taught to believe in the democratic process. We can have all the debate we want but in the end, the majority rules. Now they are taking the minority and placing them ahead of the majority.
This is an ideological and blatantly anti-union piece of legislation.
It’s worth repeating that it is already illegal to force someone to join a union.
But if FREEDOM of choice is so important to Rand Paul, why isn’t he a proponent of women’s reproductive rights?
The text of the legislation is at Paul’s site.