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house Bill H.R. 5894

Does the Federal Government Need to Stop State Right-to-Work Laws?

Argument in favor

States with right-to-work laws tend to have lower wages than states without them, so the federal government should prevent them from being implemented. Potential employees already have a choice -- take the job and join a union or work elsewhere.

FredM's Opinion
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09/05/2016
It is not a coincidence that the stagnation in wages has coincided with the weakening of unions. My first job in 1970 was as a union warehouse worker that paid $6 a hour. Today, the same job is non-union and pays about $10 to $12 an hour. That may sound pretty good until you consider that accounting for inflation, $6 an hour in 1970 would be $37.21 today! It's hard to believe just how stupid Americans have become.
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SouthernGal's Opinion
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09/05/2016
Living in a 'Right to Work' state, the name is a misnomer. It should be called the 'Right to Work for Less' law. These laws only benefit employers, not employees. Compare average wages in right to work states to states without this law and you find right to work states have lower wages and benefits. The right to work for slave wages is not much of a right to me.
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Peter's Opinion
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09/05/2016
Right to work laws have drastically lowered the working conditions, pay rates, and benefits for all workers in right to work states. As a Michigander, I have seen this happen among my friends, family, and myself. Right to Work is only about right to choose Unions on the surface--but it goes so much deeper in practice to disenfranchise workers! PLEASE RESPECT AMERICAN LABORERS AND SUPPORT THIS BILL!!! The answer to re-strengthening and revamping unions is not killing them with Right to Work laws.
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Argument opposed

People shouldn’t have to choose between joining a union or not being able to work at a job they were offered. Unions spend too much money on political activism, and forcing a worker to fund activities they don’t agree with through dues is unethical.

Chris's Opinion
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09/05/2016
Where does the federal government get the right to intervene in this way?
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Mark's Opinion
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09/05/2016
My job has a union. I joined of my own free will. Being forced to join a union and being required to pay them is slavery and theft.
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Loraki's Opinion
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09/05/2016
ABSOLUTELY NOT!!! And if you vote FOR this horrible bill, I hope your constituents vote YOU out of office! A person's job should NOT require him/her to join a union!
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      house Committees
      Committee on Education and Labor
      Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions
    IntroducedJuly 14th, 2016
    It is not a coincidence that the stagnation in wages has coincided with the weakening of unions. My first job in 1970 was as a union warehouse worker that paid $6 a hour. Today, the same job is non-union and pays about $10 to $12 an hour. That may sound pretty good until you consider that accounting for inflation, $6 an hour in 1970 would be $37.21 today! It's hard to believe just how stupid Americans have become.
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    Where does the federal government get the right to intervene in this way?
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    Living in a 'Right to Work' state, the name is a misnomer. It should be called the 'Right to Work for Less' law. These laws only benefit employers, not employees. Compare average wages in right to work states to states without this law and you find right to work states have lower wages and benefits. The right to work for slave wages is not much of a right to me.
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    Right to work laws have drastically lowered the working conditions, pay rates, and benefits for all workers in right to work states. As a Michigander, I have seen this happen among my friends, family, and myself. Right to Work is only about right to choose Unions on the surface--but it goes so much deeper in practice to disenfranchise workers! PLEASE RESPECT AMERICAN LABORERS AND SUPPORT THIS BILL!!! The answer to re-strengthening and revamping unions is not killing them with Right to Work laws.
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    Wage stagnation can be directly connected to the loss of union influence. Unions tend to bring up wages for all workers when they maintain influence. The cost of being in a union would be offset by the benefit of increased financial means.
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    My job has a union. I joined of my own free will. Being forced to join a union and being required to pay them is slavery and theft.
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    ABSOLUTELY NOT!!! And if you vote FOR this horrible bill, I hope your constituents vote YOU out of office! A person's job should NOT require him/her to join a union!
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    Wake up to your reality. In any labor negotiations who represents YOU vs Company? Right to Work-- you are on your own. Sound fair-equitable? Do you really expect Company to 'paternalistically' consider your well-being over their own PROFITS? Collective Bargaining has worked well for most part for many years. We can sort out any inadequacies, can't we? And still preserve mutual rewarding outcomes that keep America great. Consider this: all the benefits-- 40 hr work week, vacation, health ins.,sick pay/time off,no child labor, and more, came about due to UNION advocacy through the years. Do you really think all businesses just gave this to us in their paternalistic concern for our well-being? Get real! Businesses as matter of fact were the perpetrators exploiting people to preserve making even more Profits. Isn't this happening right now? Happy Labor Day!
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    What needs to stop is the Feds encroachment on states rights. I'm pretty sure the 10th Amendment trumps the unions "rights".
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    States rights
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    This is a state issue. Feds need to focus on federal issues like the debt. And social security.
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    Unions are ineffective dead weight on workers and businesses. At one point in their history, maybe they could be credited with some good (if you overlook their history of blatant anti-immigrant and anti-minority protectionist schemes) but they are clearly just political burdens on society now. The reason is this: if the employer agrees to hire a person at some package of wages and benefits, and the person agrees to that job in exchange for that package, both benefit from that arrangement. The only one that loses is the union because they were not involved. But now if the union steps in and says "Neither of you can do this unless you also offer X, Y, and Z [that the employee was fine accepting the job without]. Oh, and future employee, if the employer still decides to hire you now that we are making you artificially more expensive [against the will of both the employer AND THE EMPLOYEE THEY'RE CLAIMING TO 'HELP'], we're going to glean our dues from your paycheck for helping you, even though you didn't want our help or to join our union." That benefits only the union to the detriment of the employer and the employee! The union's interests are at odds with voluntary interaction. What's more, the employer owns those jobs anyway. They're not the union's to decide what they should look like and who should receive them. There is no 'union job' except for positions actually working for the union. Finally, good employees don't need unions. They can negotiate a good deal for themselves based on merit, and any worthwhile employer will recognize the value of a good employee and reward or entice their employment accordingly. Unions protect bad employees from receiving what their inferior production is worth.
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    No one should be forced to join a union. Additionally, there is a reason why union's memberships are declining; their usefulness has played out.
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    The federal government has no right to pre-empt state laws with a bill like this. No person should be forced to partake in a union as a condition of employment, how is that even remotely in line with our heritage or bill of rights.
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    Union dollars are simply pumped into the political machine, primarily the Democrat machine. If someone wants a job but doesn't want their wages going to a group that they do not support, they should not be made to.
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    Unions cost money to be in, and people may not want to be forced to pay those dues for services they do not want. It is their choice, and should be respected.
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    You know what? I think I'll just stop paying taxes. I don't agree with how my tax dollars are spent and you can't force me to pay my share. Sure I'll still get all the protections and services provided by my government and funded by everyone else's taxes, but I just don't want to have to pay but I'll still gladly take the benefits. Sounds crazy, right? Well it's the same thing with unionized laborer. You want the benefits afforded to the workers, then you pay your share. Don't like how the union is run, then get involved and make changes.
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    Right to work laws deny citizens the right to organize for better working conditions & better pay. It's just a reason to do away with unions.
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    Work is part of Life Liberty and pursuit of happiness by voting for this you would violate your oath of office to defend the Constitution !
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    What Unions today stand for is discrimination. Unions discriminate against those that are unskilled. An unskilled worker has only one way to be competitive in the market place and thats to offer their services at a lesser price than the other guy. In this plight of employment, the unskilled member has the ability to now become skilled and more employable throughout their life... Unions=Discrimination
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