Republicans introduce national right-to-work legislation

Sen. James Demint

From the Hill.


Eight Republican Senators introduced a bill Tuesday giving workers a choice as to whether to join labor unions, which they argue will boost the nation’s economy and provide an increase in wages.

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), introduced the National Right to Work Act to “reduce workplace discrimination by protecting the free choice of individuals to form, join, or assist labor organizations, or to refrain from such activities,” according to a statement.

Seven other Republicans signed onto the effort: Sens. Tom Coburn (Okla.), Orrin Hatch (Utah), Mike Lee (Utah), Rand Paul (Ky.), James Risch (Idaho), Pat Toomey (Pa.) and David Vitter (La.).

“Facing a steady decline in membership, unions have turned to strong-arm political tactics to make forced unionization the default position of every American worker, even if they don’t want it,” Hatch said. “This is simply unacceptable. At the very least, it should be the policy of the U.S. government to ensure that no employee will be forced to join a union in order to get or keep their job.

“Republicans cited a recent poll they said shows that 80 percent of union members support having their policy and that “Right to Work” states outperform “forced-union” states in factors that affect worker well being.

From 2000 to 2008, about 4.7 million Americans moved from forced-union to right to work states and a recent study found that there is “a very strong and highly statistically significant relationship between right-to-work laws and economic growth,” and that from 1977 to 2007, right-to-work states experienced a 23 percent faster growth in per capita income than states with forced unionization.

“To see the negative impacts of forced unionization, look no further than the struggling businesses in states whose laws allow it,” Vitter said. “It can’t be a coincidence that right-to-work states have on balance grown in population over the last 10 years, arguably at the expense of heavy union-favoring states.”

DeMint blamed the problems faced by U.S. automakers on the unions.

“Forced-unionism helped lead to GM and Chrysler’s near bankruptcy and their requests for government bailouts as they struggled to compete in a global marketplace,” he said. “When American businesses suffer because of these anti-worker laws, jobs and investment are driven overseas.”

If you want to attract businesses, then you need to have pro-business laws. That’s where jobs come from – businesses.

Here’s an article about states who are trying to pass these laws to attract more employers.


Currently 14 states beyond Indiana and Wisconsin are considering legislation that would limit union benefits and/or collective bargaining power. They are: Alaska, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington (state) and West Virginia. In any number of these states, supporters have planned or held rallies against the measures. But public support might be less than deep. According to a Rasmussen Poll conducted late last week and released Monday, 48 percent of likely U.S. voters sided with Wisconsin Governor Walker whereas only 38 percent sided with his union opponents; the other 14 percent were undecided. And 50 percent of the respondents favored reducing their home state’s government payroll by one percent a year for 10 years either by reducing the work force or reducing their pay. Only 28 percent opposed such action.

This is how we are going to turn the recession around. Cut off the spending on left-wing special interests – NPR, PBS, ACORN, Planned Parenthood, Unions. They all will have to pay their own way, just like the grown-ups do.

4 thoughts on “Republicans introduce national right-to-work legislation”

  1. I am so impressed with how our Republicans are stepping up. This creates such a sharp distinction between Democrats and Republicans – anyone who thinks there’s no difference should have their head examined.

    And I am so amazed at Scott Walker! Are you going to have a Scott Walker Day here at WK? When he signs his bill today (I assume), he will have done more in a few months than any other governor. And even though I love Chris Christie, what Walker has done surpasses all of what Christie has accomplished. I get excited just thinking about it!


    1. I am happy to see you so happy. And don’t forget about John Kasich, either.

      I could have a Scott Walker and John Kasich day.

      I wanted to be a teacher, but I didn’t want to have to join a union to do it. Now I could pursue my dream without having to fund my enemies.


  2. Gosh….paying less than minimum wage! What a great idea…now more people will qualify for Federal Assistance programs.

    Your group really know how to think


    1. These are the results of a 50 year U.S. Government study on minimum wage and unemployment.



      Summary of Research on the Minimum Wage

      * The minimum wage reduces employment.

      Currie and Fallick (1993), Gallasch (1975), Gardner (1981), Peterson (1957), Peterson and Stewart (1969).

      * The minimum wage reduces employment more among teenagers than adults.

      Adie (1973); Brown, Gilroy and Kohen (1981a, 1981b); Fleisher (1981); Hammermesh (1982); Meyer and Wise (1981, 1983a); Minimum Wage Study Commission (1981); Neumark and Wascher (1992); Ragan (1977); Vandenbrink (1987); Welch (1974, 1978); Welch and Cunningham (1978).

      * The minimum wage reduces employment most among black teenage males.

      Al-Salam, Quester, and Welch (1981), Iden (1980), Mincer (1976), Moore (1971), Ragan (1977), Williams (1977a, 1977b).

      * The minimum wage helped South African whites at the expense of blacks.

      Bauer (1959).

      * The minimum wage hurts blacks generally.

      Behrman, Sickles and Taubman (1983); Linneman (1982).

      * The minimum wage hurts the unskilled.

      Krumm (1981).

      * The minimum wage hurts low wage workers.

      Brozen (1962), Cox and Oaxaca (1986), Gordon (1981).

      * The minimum wage hurts low wage workers particularly during cyclical downturns.

      Kosters and Welch (1972), Welch (1974).

      * The minimum wage increases job turnover.

      Hall (1982).

      * The minimum wage reduces average earnings of young workers.

      Meyer and Wise (1983b).

      * The minimum wage drives workers into uncovered jobs, thus lowering wages in those sectors.

      Brozen (1962), Tauchen (1981), Welch (1974).

      * The minimum wage reduces employment in low-wage industries, such as retailing.

      Cotterman (1981), Douty (1960), Fleisher (1981), Hammermesh (1981), Peterson (1981).

      * The minimum wage hurts small businesses generally.

      Kaun (1965).

      * The minimum wage causes employers to cut back on training.

      Hashimoto (1981, 1982), Leighton and Mincer (1981), Ragan (1981).

      * The minimum wage has long-term effects on skills and lifetime earnings.

      Brozen (1969), Feldstein (1973).

      * The minimum wage leads employers to cut back on fringe benefits.

      McKenzie (1980), Wessels (1980).

      * The minimum wage encourages employers to install labor-saving devices.

      Trapani and Moroney (1981).

      * The minimum wage hurts low-wage regions, such as the South and rural areas.

      Colberg (1960, 1981), Krumm (1981).

      * The minimum wage increases the number of people on welfare.

      Brandon (1995), Leffler (1978).

      * The minimum wage hurts the poor generally.

      Stigler (1946).

      * The minimum wage does little to reduce poverty.

      Bonilla (1992), Brown (1988), Johnson and Browning (1983), Kohen and Gilroy (1981), Parsons (1980), Smith and Vavrichek (1987).

      * The minimum wage helps upper income families.

      Bell (1981), Datcher and Loury (1981), Johnson and Browning (1981), Kohen and Gilroy (1981).

      * The minimum wage helps unions.

      Linneman (1982), Cox and Oaxaca (1982).
      * The minimum wage lowers the capital stock.

      McCulloch (1981).

      * The minimum wage increases inflationary pressure.

      Adams (1987), Brozen (1966), Gramlich (1976), Grossman (1983).

      * The minimum wage increases teenage crime rates.

      Hashimoto (1987), Phillips (1981).

      * The minimum wage encourages employers to hire illegal aliens.

      Beranek (1982).

      * Few workers are permanently stuck at the minimum wage.

      Brozen (1969), Smith and Vavrichek (1992).

      * The minimum wage has had a massive impact on unemployment in Puerto Rico.

      Freeman and Freeman (1991), Rottenberg (1981b).

      * The minimum wage has reduced employment in foreign countries.

      Canada: Forrest (1982); Chile: Corbo (1981); Costa Rica: Gregory (1981); France: Rosa (1981).

      * Characteristics of minimum wage workers

      Employment Policies Institute (1994), Haugen and Mellor (1990), Kniesner (1981), Mellor (1987), Mellor and Haugen (1986), Smith and Vavrichek (1987), Van Giezen (1994).

      This is the way the real world is, in contradistinction to your intuitions and emotions about the world. The problem with YOUR group is that they DON’T think. They FEEL. OUR group THINKS. We read RESEARCH and we make public policy based on WHAT REALITY IS.


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