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Video: Minneapolis Firefighter at State Capitol: Should we have a Right to Work Out?

“Right to Work” isn’t just a union issue

Right to work out?What is a “Right-to-work-out” law?

It’s really not that complicated, although the name is misleading since everybody already has a right to work out — just as we have a right to work. What the special interests are trying to do is say union membership should be free, even though currently nobody is forced to join a union, and the economic boom of the 50s and 60s followed the biggest expansion of unions in the history of the U.S.A.

Gyms charge membership fees, but you don’t have to pay if you just work out at home, or walk in the park (which tax-payers make possible, actually.)
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Right to Work Out

Constitutional Amendment: Should MN become a “Right to Work Out” state?

Right to work out?What is a “Right-to-work-out” law?

A “Right to work out” law would prevent health clubs from forcing people to pay dues or membership fees to use the equipment, services, and facilities. Such laws would require gyms and health clubs to admit everybody, whether or not he or she pays a cent.

In other words, “right to work out” laws would allow everybody to get all the benefits of health club membership absolutely free! How cool is that?

Without a “Right-to-work-out” law, can I be forced to join a health club?

No. Membership is voluntary, like joining a union. Incidentally, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that no collective bargaining agreement can require anyone to join a union, either.

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Governor Mark Dayton: A Jobs Plan for Minnesota

Getting Minnesota Back to Work

Governor Mark Dayton and Minnesota state Democrat-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Legislators have announced a plan to put thousands of Minnesotans back to work this year. The plan includes a number of proposals designed to provide incentives for businesses to hire out-of-work Minnesotans, invest in infrastructure and train workers for the jobs of the future.

MN Gov Dayton“From day one, my top priority has been to get Minnesota working again. Our jobs plan will help businesses create good jobs for thousands of Minnesotans who are looking for work. We need to focus on what we know will work: investing in infrastructure, providing incentives to private sector businesses to create more jobs, and training workers for high-demand careers. Read the rest of this entry

NFL Players oppose so-called “Right-to-Work”

So-called “Right to Work” laws (we call them Right to Work for Less) are important for everybody to understand, not just union members. Essentially these laws are designed to bust unions, but studies show that as a side-effect they lower the compensation of non-union workers, too.

NFL Players AssociationThey pressure unions by not allowing the collection of union dues, but still 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 adding free-loaders to the unions overhead costs. Not paying union dues might sound good on the surface, but look deeper: the big business groups that push these laws don’t have your interests in mind. They have just one goal—lowering labor costs to raise executive pay and bonuses.

And the players of the NFL understand exactly what’s at stake for everybody else.

NFLPA Statement on So-Called ‘Right-to-Work’ Legislation

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