To The Daily Sun,
Tom Dawson writes the purpose of right to work (RTW) laws is to weaken unions. He's wrong. The purpose of RTW is to eliminate unions entirely. The RTW debate centers around the individual's freedom of choice.
Democrats, like Mr. Dawson, oppose ordinary Americans having freedom of choice. Democrats want every decision mandated for you by either them or government. You "must" buy health insurance, or pay a fine. You "must" send your kids to a school no matter how poorly it performs. You must belong to a union and have dues sucked from your wages whether you want to or not. The latest Obama threat to free choice. You will vote, or be fined. Democrats will soon declare farting is a crime, with a fine.
Let's be honest, unions have one purpose. That purpose to maximize the wages and benefits of the people in the union at the expense of every consumer and taxpayer outside the union. Unions are above all, self-serving bullies that have little regard for the incredible harm they do to others. Let's do an economic health check on the economic advantage of RTW states vs. union states from 2003-13. By almost every metric the evidence of advantage for RTW is overwhelming. The average RTW state increased employment more than double the rate of union states. Personal income in RTW states increased 12 percent higher than in states with out RTW protections. The economies of RTW states grew 10 percent faster than the average union states. Populations in RTW states increased an average of 3 percent while union state populations declined an average of 1 percent. Tens of millions of people moved to RTW states, out of union states because they saw more opportunity to increase their incomes and job security.
In 2014 Michigan became the 24th RTW state. Union membership there has already dropped by 48,000. Since Scott Walker's union reforms in Wisconsin 49,000 of the public state employees 70,000-member union have already dropped their membership. An absolutely staggering percentage, while the American Federation of Teachers has seen a 50 percent membership slide. Thirty percent of the of the union members at the National Education Association have dropped out. No one forced these thousands of members out of their unions. They simply drop out like flies when dues are no longer deducted automatically from their pay checks, as Walker ordered.
When given a free choice even people who claim to deeply believe in unions leave at their first opportunity. Tom Dawson proclaims to be a union expert, maybe he can shed some insight on the mass exodus out of unions. Don't bet on it.
Union membership in this country has been dropping steadily for the past 50 years. It is now down to just 11 percent. Membership has dropped in good economic times and poor economic times. It had dropped under Democratic presidents and Republican presidents. There is a fundamental reason why. Unions do not serve the best interests of society at large. They drive prices for all products and services continually higher harming living standards for every one outside the union, while quality often lags.
Look at the absolute disaster of Americas education system held in ruinous hostage by unions. College tuitions have doubled in 15 years under unions. Unions don't solve problems between management and labor, they exacerbate them, often endangering the existence of the employer (think GM, Hostess and countless others) all while unions obstruct freedom of choice.
Consider the poor employee forced to have thousands of dollars confiscated from his hard earned wages who does not want to belong to a union while he watches those dues contributed to a political party he violently opposes. If that isn't suppression of freedom while rubbing your nose in it, nothing is. Maybe Tom Dawson can fill us in on that as well. Don't bet on that either.
Democrats are not going to debate RTW in an open forum because they will get demolished by the hard, cold facts. They much prefer to sucker punch in the clinches like Mr. Dawson's last contribution to The Sun, then run.
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