National Right-to-Work Bill Introduced!

“Right-to-Work” is a corporate campaign whose ultimate goal is to weaken labor unions and weaken your bargaining power.

“Right-to-work” laws insert the government into labor-management negotiations, eliminating “union security” clauses in collective bargaining agreements. These “union security” clauses simply require workers who benefit under a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) to pay their fair share for its administration. To negotiate a major contract, it takes time, legal costs, financial research, strategic sense, and commitment to get the job done. To put it simply, a good CBA is a lot of work.

Union security clauses do not require union membership. No one can be forced to join an organization in the United States of America. “Right-to-work” laws compel union officials to provide services to workers under the agreement without asking the worker to pay his/her fair share to support the maintenance of the agreement. “Right-to-work” laws even allow an individual worker to avoid the union’s cost for taking up a grievance on their behalf. Yet the union still has a duty to represent the worker. “Right to work” is wrong. It is wrong for workers, employers, and they’re simply un-American.

Numerous studies have shown that “Right to Work” will –

·         Lower Wages and Incomes

·         Lower Rates of Health Insurance Coverage

·         Higher Poverty and Infant Mortality Rates

·         Higher Workplace Fatality Rates

Please send the prepared email to your Member of Congress today. Please oppose H.R. 785, National “Right to Work” legislation. At this critical moment, we cannot remain silent and allow the workplace rights of generations of Operating Engineers be taken away by greedy, crony capitalists. You can also call your Member of Congress at the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.

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