-By Warner Todd Huston
Sean Redmond of the Free Enterprise blog notes an important point in this right-to-work argument in Michigan. The law does nothing to end unions. You’d think with all the violence, property destruction, obstruction, and criminal activity that these unionistas are engaged in that their very right to exist is being threatened. But it isn’t.
These union liars are claiming that their “rights” are being taken away. But they aren’t. Says Redmond,
A point that seems to be missing from the vociferous denunciations of the legislation by opponents in the Michigan is that freedom-to-work does nothing to prevent collective bargaining. Unions still have all the rights guaranteed under federal and state labor law save for one — the power to force workers to pay dues or be fired. Instead, workers now have the freedom to choose for themselves. Labor unions fear that freedom, because it puts at risk dues money they could collect and spend on politics regardless of their members’ opinions.
Today Obama whined that the right-to-work law is “just about politics.”
These so-called right-to-work laws don’t have anything 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.
Byron York points out that Obama does truly see this as all about politics. But it isn’t about politics in the way Obama is claiming it is. It is all about politics because these union thugs have given Obama millions upon millions of dollars for his various political campaigns.
Mark Mix, president of the National Right to Work Committee, which supports the move, says that from the president’s perspective, the fight does indeed have everything to do with politics. “President Obama was the recipient of literally hundreds of millions of dollars from union officials,” Mix says. “If union officials can’t compel union workers to pay dues as a condition of their employment, the fees that they use for political activity would dry up very quickly.”
Oh, it’s “all about money,” alright. It’s about Obama’s money not anyone elses!
Finally, my friend Stephen Gutowski made a good point on his Twitter account: @collegepolitico
I don’t understand how forced unionism happens in a country where free association is enshrined in the constitution
Unions aren’t about American freedom and liberty. They are about militancy, coercion, and violence.
In any case, Michigan Governor Snyder has signed the right-to-work bill. It is now state law. Naturally the unions will take the law to court in an effort to get it overturned and if that fails will attempt to get another ballot measure on the ballots in 2014 to reverse it. But in the mean time it will have a bit of time to see some results.
This is a good thing for the Wolverine State. Cross your fingers that it sticks and spreads to other states.