We are keeping our eye on Right to Work efforts being pushed
in the Oregon statehouse.
The Oregonian Editorial Board gives a good summation of how
Right to Work laws divide paying bargaining unit
employees and those who benefit under a free ridership program, and how workers
first amendment rights can be protected under the Constitution.
Workers don’t win in states that
have enacted Right to Work laws, earning
almost $1,500 less than workers in states without
Right to Work laws.
These laws make families and communities less stable because
workers’ wages become stagnant. Right to
Work eliminates any good faith efforts between employers and workers because it
tips all the power to employers in negotiations and wages.
Our opponents are well financed
and communicate misinformation using sophisticated marketing efforts. Still, public employees are putting up a good
fight against Right to Work laws across the country because they have seen the
consequences these laws have had in states like West Virginia, Michigan and
Indiana, to name a few. Right to Work has not boosted these states’ economies by bringing thousands of jobs as promised.
In Wisconsin, workers have learned that elections have
serious consequences. Governor Scott Walker signed legislation making Wisconsin
the 25th state to enact Right to Work in 2015. A judge has upheld a decision to
block Right to Work in the state, deeming it
unconstitutional and arguing that the harm to unions that
must represent non-dues-paying employees outweighs the harm to those employees required to pay dues for representation. Our
opponents in Wisconsin are trying every sneaky maneuver to continue their war
on workers. Workers must continue to stand up to these well-coordinated union-busting tactics.
As most statehouses wind down activity for this session,
make sure your local stays vigilant against any harmful legislation that
threatens to diminish your voice in the negotiation process.