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January 22, 2013

Federal courts strike down challenges to collective bargaining reforms in Indiana, Wisconsin


The Washington Free Beacon reports that a pair of federal courts struck down union challenges to labor reforms in Indiana and Wisconsin last week, preserving major Republican gains aimed at cutting costs and attracting business:

[...] Glenn Taubman, an attorney with the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, was not surprised the unions failed to derail the reforms, which allow employees to opt out of forced unionization.

"Since the 1940s, the Supreme Court has upheld right-to-work laws in the face of union attacks, as RTW laws do not infringe on any union 'rights,'" he said. "It is forced unionism and monopoly representation that infringe on individual employees' rights."

As the piece goes on to point out, right-to-work has passed in more than 20 states and those have all withstood the various challenges and the test of time.

Data compiled by the National Institute for Labor Relations which provides five different forms of tangible information regarding the economic differences between right to work and non-right to work states shows that right to work states create more private sector jobs, enjoy lower poverty rates, experience more technology development, realize more personal income growth, and increase the number of people covered by employment-based private health insurance. While unions indeed have their place in the private sector (but not in the public sector, and even FDR considered it "unthinkable and intolerable"), and certainly they and the Left (but I repeat myself) disagree with the courts, it's hard to argue with the bottom line fact that, in general, right to work states fare better than non-right to work states ... and it's legal. Add to this the fact that RTW is really about individual worker freedom. It is wrong to think that, in America, a worker can be forced to pay a private organization for the privilege of working. Bottom line, on a fundamental basis, it's about individual freedom.

Posted by Hyscience at January 22, 2013 6:01 AM

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