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Sens. McConnell, Paul Offer Common Sense Right to Work Plan

November 5, 2013 in Politics & Elections

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the McConnell-Paul Right to Work amendment:
‘Almost a year ago now, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed historic Right to Work legislation into law.
‘At the time, he said he viewed it ‘as an opportunity to stand up for Michigan’s workers, to be pro-worker.’
‘The Union Bosses, the entrenched special interests, and the Professional Left may have stood in united, militant disagreement, but Michigan’s soft-spoken Governor was right. And the more venom Big Labor directed at him … the more it seemed to confirm the suspicions of many of the middle-class workers Snyder was trying to help: he was on their side.
‘The truth is, over the years, Big Labor had come to care more about its own perks and power than the workers it was charged with protecting. Snyder knew that. And he knew it was time to tip the scales back in favor of workers. Well, he’s not alone.
‘Here in the Senate, Senator Paul and I share Governor Snyder’s commitment to helping restore worker rights. And that’s why, yesterday, we filed an amendment that would enact similar, forward-looking reforms at the federal level.
‘Our Right to Work amendment is simple enough.
‘It merely calls for repealing the discriminatory clauses in federal law that allow, as a condition of employment, forcing workers to join a union or forcing workers to pay union dues.
‘In practical terms, here’s what that would mean for middle-class folks in Kentucky and across America: If you want to join a union, you can. And if you don’t want to join a union, you don’t have to.
‘That’s it.
‘Look: This is just common sense. It’s basic fairness. According to one survey, about 80% of unionized workers agree that employees should be able to decide whether or not joining a union is for them. But this amendment isn’t just about ending institutional discrimination against workers; it’s also about job creation, economic growth, and making America more competitive in the 21st Century.
‘Consider the fact that manufacturing employment is one-third higher in states with right to work laws. Or that, according to a recent study, states with Right to Work saw improvements in real personal income and average annual employment compared to what they would have seen without such laws. Or that many of our nation’s labor laws were passed in an earlier era …read more


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