Right to Work laws are not anti-labor

The recent letter concerning the Right to Work issue is somewhat misleading.

First of all, Right to Work laws do not in any way diminish an International Union or local union, like the International Fire Fighter Association, SEIU, AFSCME, Trades Unions of CWA’s right to represent their members.

Employers and unions in RTW states must continue to comply, like those in non-RTW states, with all federal and state labor laws, ie. National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).

Union bosses don’t like RTW laws or want them enacted because RTW laws give workers more individual rights and freedoms.

In many labor agreements and non-RTW states, if an employee decides not to join the union or pay dues, the union will demand the company to fire the worker and the company is required to comply.

Employees, unions and employers working in a RTW state are required to comply with all the provisions of the union labor agreement (except pay dues or be a member). In RTW states, unions continue to organize, represent the workforce, file grievances, go to arbitration and negotiate labor agreements.

So what is the union’s complaint about RTW laws?

It is about their loss of control and money. Union bosses want total control of their members and their money but RTW laws give worker’s individual rights and a little less control from union bosses.

Workers, not the union, can determine whether they give the union money (dues) or keep it in their pockets.

Workers also decide what, if any, political party or candidate their money supports. Unions don’t like this; they unilaterally decide which candidates their hundred of millions of dollars support.

Workers have no choice in the union’s candidate selection, and that may disregard their political view. RTW supporters feel employees should decide whether it is worth joining a union and paying them dues.

Unions want union membership and dues money mandatory – again total control with no worker choice.

It is somewhat hypocritical and perhaps disingenuous to claim RTW supporters’ money is from out of state corporate interests and their intent for the legislation is for “corporate interests and greed.”

After all, the International Fire Fighters Association, SEIU, Communication Worker of America, Laborers, IBEW, etc, are all headquartered out of state, and all are spending money in Pennsylvania to defeat RTW legislation.

Additionally, RTW laws do not add one penny to a company’s earnings or balance sheets; there is absolutely no financial gain for a company.

The truth is RTW laws do not diminish, or affect in any way, retiree pensions or worker pay.

RTW laws are not anti-labor, they are pro-worker, giving workers more individual freedoms and rights.

Our legislators should support legislation that will increase worker freedoms, individual worker choice and attract more companies that will build factories and businesses in the state.

They should not continue to keep laws that do the opposite.

Bill Teufel