Declaration of Independence

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. - That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Michigan Passed Right-to-Work Laws

                    Michigan legislature passed Public Sector and Private Sector Right to Work bills, and they were signed into law by Governor Rick Snyder (R) earlier this evening.  This action turned Michigan into a Right to Work state, making 24 such states at the present time.  The new laws bring greater freedom to the workers in Michigan and should bring more economic benefits to both the workers and small businesses.

As can be expected, Big Labor did not want the bills to become laws and did its best to kill the Right to Work bills.  Big Labor knows that it loses money when individual workers have the freedom to decide for themselves whether or not they wish to join or give money to unions.  Michigan is also home of the automobile industry and the United Auto Workers Union.

Amy Payne of The Heritage Foundation wrote, "Regardless of news reports, the people of Michigan are behind this.  A recent poll showed that 51 percent of Michigan voters support right-to-work.  Only 41 percent are opposed.  In fact, 40 percent of union households supported it.  In November, Michigan voters rejected a ballot proposal that would have amended the state constitution to prevent the legislature from passing a right-to-work law and elevated union contracts above state law.  The New York Times called it `a test case on enshrining the rights of unions" and unions spent more than $23 million campaigning for the initiative.  It lost by 15 points."

Big Labor worked hard to keep these bills from becoming laws.  Lawsuits were filed, protesters were brought in by bus,
teachers called in sick, and legislators walked out of session.  They even brought in their biggest "gun," even President Barack Obama to campaign for Big Labor in Detroit

                    As he does with almost every subject, Obama lied and twisted the truth: "What we shouldn't be doing is trying to take away your rights to bargain for better wages and working conditions.  We shouldn't be doing that.  These so-called `right to work' laws, they don't have to do with economics; they have everything to do with politics.  What they're really talking about is giving you the right to work for less money."

President Obama could not have been more wrong in his words.  The right-to-work laws have everything to do with economics because they provide and protect jobs and more jobs translate into a better economy. 

James Sherk of The Heritage Foundation explained exactly why the President's words were untrue.  "Right-to-work laws prevent unions from imposing mandatory fees, giving employees the right to work without paying union dues.  Otherwise, right-to-work has no effect on collective bargaining.  All other negotiations continue as before."

In November 2011 Sherk published a paper entitled "Right to Work Increases Jobs and Choices."  He began his paper by explaining, "Union contracts frequently require employees to pay union dues or lose their jobs.  This forces workers to support the union financially even if the union contract harms them or they oppose the union's agenda.  Several states … are considering right-to-work laws, which protect workers from being fired for not paying union dues.  Unions oppose these laws because they reduce union membership and income.  However, the rest of the economy benefits from right-to-work laws.  Right-to-work laws reduce the financial benefit from organizing workplaces where unions have limited support.  This makes unions less aggressive and encourages business investment, creating jobs.  States can and should reduce unemployment by becoming right-to-work states."

If you want to see an example of how Big Labor defends its hold on workers, take a look at this video.  

Think about the hate and contention shown in that video and think of the following:  "For verily, verily I say unto you, he that hath the spirit of contention is not of me, but is of the devil, who is the father of contention, and he stirreth up the hearts of men to contend with anger, one with another" (Book of Mormon - Another Testament of Jesus Christ, 3 Nephi 11-29).

The Lord taught that anyone who has the "spirit of contention" is of the devil; therefore, any person or any organization that operates on contention of any kind is serving the "dark side" of society.  We should support right-to-work laws for this very reason:  they lessen the power of those who use contention to gain control of other people.


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