"In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, such as 'right to work.' It is a law to rob us of our civil rights and job rights. It is supported by Southern segregationists who are trying to keep us from achieving our civil rights and our right of equal job opportunity. Its purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining by which unions have improved wages and working conditions of everyone. Wherever these laws have been passed, wages are lower, job opportunities are fewer and there are no civil rights. We do not intend to let them do this to us. We demand this fraud be stopped. Our weapon is our vote".-MLK, 1961
RTW laws do not give workers the right to work, you already have that right; but instead RTW laws force Unions to represent workers that do not pay dues. By letting workers in Union Jobs stop paying dues but still reap all the benefits including Union Representation, the RTW laws weaken the Unions ability to function properly. RTW laws dilute the Union funds per member by decreasing dues paying members, but not decreasing the work load.
Since most of the dues (78%) fund the costs associated with running the Local Union (Business Agents, administration, negotiations, grievances, arbitrations, office costs, etc), those functions are severely stifled and hindered because the Local Union simply can no longer afford to function the way it does when all of the workers it represents pays their fair share of the costs of operating the Local Union. A lot of anti-Union pundits will say Union Dues go to fund political campaigns, that is not true and it is actually illegal for Unions to do that under Federal law. To learn how Unions get involved in politics, Read About DRIVE Here.
Below are many articles for you to read that will explain in depth how RTW Laws really work and we encourage you to read an in depth study done by EPI for New Mexico that breaks down everything invloved, then you can decide for yourself. Click Here.
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