By Stacy M. Swimp
MICHIGAN, May 2, 2012 – On April 30th, President Obama spoke at the Building and Construction Trades Department Legislative Conference.
In his speech, he expressed that “Right to Work Laws are intended to bar unions from requiring prospective employees to join as a precondition for being hired”. President Obama also alleged that “Right to Work means the right to work for less and less”.
Finally, the President falsely claims that “Right to Work advocates want to end the collective-bargaining rights.”
“Right-to-Work” laws merely seek to prevent “union security” agreements — or contract provisions between union officials and employers making membership or payment of union dues or fees a mandatory condition of employment.
In effect, Right to Work Laws seek to provide every American worker a choice. If a worker wants to join a union, he or she ought to have that right. If a worker does not want to join a union, that worker should not be forced against his or her will to do so. Moreover, that worker should not face any form of discrimination as a result of deciding not to join a union.
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