“Human law must rest its authority ultimately upon the authority of that law which is divine. . . . Far from being rivals or enemies, religion and law are twin sisters, friends, and mutual assistants. Indeed, these two sciences run into each other.”
- James Wilson, Signer of the Constitution; U. S. Supreme Court Justice
“[O]nly a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”
- Benjamin Franklin, Signer of the Declaration of Independence
Here, in the Great State of West Virginia, the battle over the “Right to Work” law is heating up again. As someone who has been forced into a union, which neither represented me, nor had my political views, I am against any union having the ability to force another man into a union, that he may not agree with and may not want. On the other hand, I can respect the views of the other side. What I cannot support, is forcing another man into your views, which is exactly what is going on here. I’ve always said, and will continue to say, that if your union is such a wonderful thing, let it sell itself and get members to join by choice. Union members are dead set against this and insist that employees must join. Right-to-work laws allow employees in unionized workplaces to opt out of paying union fees, even when they are represented by union-negotiated contracts. Employees, if they choose, are already exempt from joining unions and paying for a union’s political activities.
West Virginia Republicans are pushing for a Right To Work law. Republicans, in both Houses of the WV Legislature, have passed bills, for Right To Work; and backers of the legislation argue that workers should have the freedom to opt out of paying the fees and that passing the law will help attract companies to locate in West Virginia. American For Prosperity, a group that I fully support, has been pushing for Right To Work laws, among the many things we wish to see.
The population, of West Virginia’s working men and women, has a negative growth rate exceeding 10% per year according to a November 2015 Fact Sheet by the National Institute for Labor Relations Research (NILRR.org). It’s not surprising, seeing that Big Labor Bosses negotiate monopoly bargaining contracts that punish younger workers just for being newer on the job, rather than rewarding personal efforts and skills. One just has to look at the UAW-negotiated recent contracts to see dramatically lower pay scale for new hires regardless of talent. Yet, in forced unionism states like West Virginia, Kentucky and Illinois, younger employees are forced to pay union bosses who negotiate these union wages that punish new hires and younger employees. All West Virginian’s deserve the right to choose to pay tributes to union overlords.
Last Year, Private Health Coverage Expanded by 4.0% in Right to Work States, Nearly Twice as Much as in Forced-Unionism States. Data recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey show that Obamacare has yet to change one important longstanding trend regarding health insurance: The number of people with private coverage, either through their employer or by direct purchase, is continuing to grow far more rapidly in states that protect employees from termination for refusal to join or pay dues to an unwanted union than it is in other states. According to the ACS data, the total number of people covered by private-health insurance living in the 24 states that then had Right to Work laws, rose by 4.0%, nearly double the 2.1% aggregate increase in forced-unionism states.
West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, a Democrat, has this view, “The reality is that companies do not cite that as a significant issue when considering whether to invest in West Virginia, and the state continues to see new and expanding businesses locate here,” Chris Stadelman, Tomblin’s spokesman, said. He said that Tomblin does not expect a right-to-work bill to pass this session. There are 24 right-to-work states in the U.S., including every state in the deep South. Among West Virginia’s border states, only Virginia is right to work. West Virginia needs to be prosperous and we need to put people to work. Us Mountaineers need to be willing to try things and think outside the proverbial box.
Unions have been holding employees, as hostages, for far too long. Union boss’s make a lot of money off of the backs of their members. It’s been argued that unions fight for the rights of the union members and bring them protection. Well, so do federal laws, such as Workers Compensation. The unions are involved with political views that many employees don’t agree with and should not be forced to help fund. In the end, only time will clear the fog of unknowing, from this issue. One thing is very clear. This is an issue that both sides feel strongly about and are ready for the long haul. Till next time, God Bless America! God Bless West Virginia! God Bless You!
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