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Right to Work… For Less

The Washington Post has published two thought-provoking blogs on right-to-work following the decision by the Michigan legislature and the state’s governor to push right-to-work legislation in that state.

Nelson Lichtenstein, a labor historian at the University of California-Santa Barbara, gives a good overview of the rise of the right-to-work movement. He tells the Washington Post that history suggests that a liberal, progressive America won’t be able to exist without unions.

Ezra Klein writes that right-to-work is a misnomer. He rightly points out  that such laws allow an employee to refuse to pay union dues when working for a union shop – even though that worker will get the same wages and benefits that union members will receive.

Despite this week’s setback in Michigan, voters across the state can collect just under 260,000 signatures to place a repeal initiative on the ballot.

You can count on the IAFF to be on the side of workers. Watch a video of General President Harold Schaitberger speaking out at the Michigan state capitol hours before the governor signed right-to-work legislation into law.


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  • Douglas Baier (Bremerton)

    12/16/2012 4:27:03 PM |

    The general public, and some of our own members, see unions exclusively as service organizations. They have no other frame of reference. Unions are generally seen as equivalent to some type of job insurance organization.

    Few citizens of the U.S. have any experience with democratic, participatory, organizations so they're passively waiting, as trained consumers do, for goods or services to be provided. If the goods or services aren't provided, in the manner, method and mode expected, then the person is unable to appreciate any benefit from membership in the organization. The organization has to constantly "sell" its benefit(s) to the individual or the consumer/itinerant member may withhold his/her allegiance and/or dues.

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