origin of right-to-work laws

origin of right-to-work laws

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“ +IAN, AMERICAN, OHIOAN, BELLE”

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#1 Dec 12, 2012
There was a time in this nation when those who were employed by manufacturing firms and other various companies lived a tough life. With the advent of the depression in the 1930's, & FDR'S NEW DEAL, labor unions were "fertilized." They had a great friend in President Roosevelt and, 1n 1935 he & the congress enacted the WAGNER LABOR RELATIONS ACT, which extended collective bargaining rights to workers.* During WWII in the 1940's, union power grew by "leaps & bounds." At the end of the war, shortages ensued, strikes abounded and the need to curb union power was recognized by many. In 1947, the Republican 80th Congress, over the veto of President Truman, passed the "famous" TAFT-HARTLEY labor law. In memory's eye, I can still see my mom & I listening on the old battery radio to TRUMAN'S veto explanation. The main author of this law was Republican US Senator Robert A Taft of Ohio. Taft came from an illustrious Ohio family, which had a long history of public service. This new law was controversial, to say the least, & so was this Ohio Senator. The outrage by labor was about like the gnashing of teeth in Michigan this week over right-to-work. Contained in Taft-Hartley was an obscure provision called Section 19B. 19B gives each state the power to outlaw mandantory membership in the union in order to keep one's job. With Michigan, the cradle of unionism, enacting Section 19B, both the American Labor movement & the democrat party, face the biggest threat to their political power since TAFT-HARTLEY of 65 years ago, because the union's power to raise money for democrat candidates will be greatly crippled. The signifigantnce of this week's action in Michigan is on a par with the 2012 election. It will be interesting to see if Michigan's action stands. As we all should know, demos never give up, kinda like old satan always "working overtime."

“ +IAN, AMERICAN, OHIOAN, BELLE”

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#2 Dec 12, 2012
*The National Labor Relations Act, NLRA, or Wagner Act (after its sponsor, New York Senator Robert F. Wagner)(Pub.L. 74-198, 49 Stat. 449, codified as amended at 29 U.S.C.§ 151–169), is a 1935 United States federal law that protects the rights of employees in the private sector to engage in concerted activity. This may include creating labor unions (also known as trade unions), discussing organizing and workplace issues among coworkers, engaging in collective bargaining, and taking part in strikes and other forms of protected concerted activity in support of their demands.

MY apologies for mistakingly typing section 19b of the Taft Hartley Act. It should have been 14B. Repealing 14B had long been in the democrat party's national platforms. It was a campaign issue in the 1960 presidential campaign between Kennedy & Nixon.
Debbie

United States

#3 Dec 12, 2012
How does right to work create jobs?

“I see a dying party”

Since: Jan 11

called the Republicans

#4 Dec 12, 2012
Once they get rid of all the unions, the work condition will get thrown back into the same conditions before the unions ever came into existence, Basically this RTW law will throw labor back 100 years to the days of the Robber Barons and we'll have to start all over again so that workers have rights and are protected.

Democrats---If you want to move forward, you put your car in drive.
Republicans--- you put it in reverse if you hate progress and enjoy repetition and never getting out of your drive-way!
pretty sure

Zanesville, OH

#5 Dec 12, 2012
I Heart Sci Fi wrote:
Once they get rid of all the unions, the work condition will get thrown back into the same conditions before the unions ever came into existence, Basically this RTW law will throw labor back 100 years to the days of the Robber Barons and we'll have to start all over again so that workers have rights and are protected.
Democrats---If you want to move forward, you put your car in drive.
Republicans--- you put it in reverse if you hate progress and enjoy repetition and never getting out of your drive-way!
The sky is falling
Debbie

United States

#6 Dec 13, 2012
I'd like for Don to answer.
The Oracle

Lima, OH

#7 Dec 13, 2012
The idea is to destroy unions. This may not be the worst thing in the world but I wish the Republicans were being honest about it.
Debbie

United States

#8 Dec 13, 2012
The Oracle wrote:
The idea is to destroy unions. This may not be the worst thing in the world but I wish the Republicans were being honest about it.
I know. They are lying. And it couldn't be more obvious. Or they could be in denial just like they were for the general election.

“ +IAN, AMERICAN, OHIOAN, BELLE”

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#9 Dec 13, 2012
Debbie wrote:
How does right to work create jobs?
Did I say it did?

“ +IAN, AMERICAN, OHIOAN, BELLE”

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#10 Dec 13, 2012
Debbie wrote:
I'd like for Don to answer.
Right To Work States Have More Jobs, Higher Incomes
December 12, 2012 09:05 PM EST
FROM "GATHER: by Renee Nal
Between 2001 and 2011, Right To Work (RTW) states enjoyed a 12 percent increase in "private-sector, inflation-adjusted employee compensation" versus only three percent "over the same period in forced-unionization states." This, according to Michigan's Mackinac Center, using data taken from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Investors Business Daily reports that in addition to better paying jobs, employment in RTW states also expanded by 2.4% between 2001 to 2011 versus a 3.4% decline in forced-unionization states.

According to Politifact, job growth between 1999 to 2009 rose in states without the union due requirement "by 3.7 percent and fell in 'forced-unionism' states" by 2.8 percent." They also observe that "nine of the nation's 10 fastest-growing states over the past decade were [RTW] states." With such a clear benefit of having worker choice, why on earth would anyone endorse forcing union workers to pay dues?

There can be many reasons for this, but it would not be a stretch to consider that once states remove the requirement for unions to pay dues, the unions stand to lose power, political influence and money. They do not want to lose their power and will fight loudly and even violently to keep it, as was illustrated in Michigan this week.

The main argument for forcing union members to pay dues is articulated by House Democratic Caucus Leader Tim Greimel, who says, "They're asked to pay their fair share of the collective bargaining process.(RTW) gives them the chance to freeload and free-ride." But this argument does not fly, as a mere 11% of total spending for the union is spent on bargaining contracts for members. Most of the other 89% went under the category "general overhead." It seems as though the unions are the ones not paying their "fair share," to quote an oft used and increasingly annoying phrase often uttered by President Obama, who recently (and falsely) stated:

"These so-called 'Right to work' laws, they don't have to do with economics; they have everything to do with politics.(Applause) What they're really talking about is giving you the right to work for less money.(Applause)"

All unions are not the same, and union workers are a generally decent lot who work hard to support their families. Unfortunately, many of the union bosses are oftentimes radical in their beliefs and benefit greatly from forced unionization. Imagine if those who make the spending decisions are held accountable for those decisions by having to convince workers to pay dues? Well, they would spend it much more wisely, of course.
Sandie

Bellefontaine, OH

#11 Dec 13, 2012
You want to know the real reason why Vance Muse founded the 'right to work' anti-labor laws?

"From now on, white women and white men will be forced to work with black African apes whom they will have to call brother or lose their jobs."
http://www.nsfwcorp.co/k4zocp

“ +IAN, AMERICAN, OHIOAN, BELLE”

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#12 Dec 13, 2012
Sandie wrote:
You want to know the real reason why Vance Muse founded the 'right to work' anti-labor laws?
"From now on, white women and white men will be forced to work with black African apes whom they will have to call brother or lose their jobs."
http://www.nsfwcorp.co/k4zocp
Everyone on TOPIX should read this link. It tells sooo much about
our "SANDIE!" It also subtlety demonstrates one of the main reason's we are in deep trouble as a nation.
Debbie

United States

#13 Dec 13, 2012
DON W SOUTH wrote:
<quoted text>
Everyone on TOPIX should read this link. It tells sooo much about
our "SANDIE!" It also subtlety demonstrates one of the main reason's we are in deep trouble as a nation.
Professionals definitely should not be allowed to organize.
Now that we have Obamacare we don't need unions any longer.
Sandie

Bellefontaine, OH

#14 Dec 14, 2012
DON W SOUTH wrote:
<quoted text>
Everyone on TOPIX should read this link. It tells sooo much about
our "SANDIE!" It also subtlety demonstrates one of the main reason's we are in deep trouble as a nation.
I agree everyone should read the link, but pray tell exactly what you mean that it "tells so much about me?" What it tells so much about is why the RTW law was established and what kind of man MUSE was.

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