This has been building for 50 years
So-called “Right to Work” laws are named cleverly, but it’s misleading. This push is about requiring unions to represent workers filing grievance claims, or use any other union benefit free of cost. Not a very free-market approach; it’s deliberately adding free-loaders to the unions overhead costs—and the money the businesses save doesn’t end up in your pocket.
“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. 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.”
~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
speaking about so-called Right-to-Work laws in 1961
Not paying union dues might sound tempting, better than a free lunch, right?
Do you really think big business CEOs and their lobbyists at the Chamber of Commerce have the worker’s interests in mind?
Look, there’s nothing wrong with a business owner trying to control costs to boost bonuses and salaries for executives, but it’s plain two-faced to undermine unions while blaming taxes, regulations, and collective bargaining for their problems when the trade-off is bonuses for CEOs and payments to lobbyists.
And the players of the NFL understand exactly what’s at stake for everybody else.