Mix: Right to work means freedom for workers

Monday, May 13, 2019
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

construction worker using a hammerThe head of a 2.5 million-member public policy organization likes the idea of a national right-to-work policy and is pleased to see a legislative proposal that would do just that.

"We're very excited that Congressman Joe Wilson (R-South Carolina) and 51 other members of Congress got a national right-to-work bill introduced," Mark Mix, president of the National Right to Work Committee, tells OneNewsNow." It's a very simple, one-page bill that doesn't add a single word to federal law. It simply repeals those provisions in federal law that date back to the 1930s that put the federal government in a position where they allow union officials to get workers fired for failure to tender dues or fees to a private organization to work."

The National Right-to-Work Act (HR 2571) has been introduced in previous years, but the current language is the companion measure to a bill Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) introduced in February.

"HR 2571 probably has an uphill fight in the U.S. House of Representatives, but we believe it's important that the American people see the difference between a policy that offers individual freedom to workers and those policies being promulgated by others on Capitol Hill … the House of Representatives specifically, that will give union officials more power over workers."

Mix

Senator and 2020 presidential candidate Kamala Harris (D-California) has called for a ban on right-to-work laws.

"The barriers to organized labor -- being able to organize and strike -- are something that have grown over a period of time, and we need to address that," Harris told organizers and union members in Las Vegas last month.

Nevada is a right-to-work state, but many workers in Las Vegas are unionized.

"We need to address that through legislation, but also through the bully pulpit that comes with the president of the United States, to speak up about the need and the right that workers have to be able to organize and to fight for their rights." Harris continued.

Mix believes Harris and other candidates are trying to win union endorsements. 

"This is all about next February and Iowa and New Hampshire and South Carolina and moving through that process and getting positioned with big labor bosses," the Committee president submits. "Getting in their favor is something that Joe Biden wants to do, that Elizabeth Warren wants to do, that Bernie Sanders has certainly done already, and now Harris is in the game as well."

Still, AFL-CIO has argued for years that "Right to Work" deceives working people and amounts to less pay, fewer benefits, and unsafe work conditions. Mix, however, says that is not true and adds that workers in right-to-work states actually have more disposable income.

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