As the nation observes Labor Day, a day set aside to honor the labor movement in the United States and the contributions that American workers have made to the country, we choose to honor them by working to secure their freedom in the workplace through right-to-work laws.
Albert Einstein once said, “Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.” We agree! That is why we are dedicated to the cause of freedom for all workers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
So this Labor Day, are Pennsylvania’s workers experiencing freedom in the workplace? Unfortunately the answer is NO! The state is still not a right-to-work state so workers are still being forced to pay dues to unions against their will in order to get or keep a job. So they are not able to enjoy a fundamental freedom that the workforce in 25 other states currently enjoys.
To add insult to injury, these workers are forced to pay dues to unions that they would otherwise not choose to and they have no choice over how those dues are spent. Their hard-earned money is used to support political activities and organizations that the worker may not agree with. We saw this most recently when it was revealed that many of the labor unions have been supporting Planned Parenthood, an organization now under scrutiny for selling the body parts of aborted babies for profit.
Here in Pennsylvania, the Wolf administration, which appears to be beholden to labor unions, makes decisions that benefit the unions over the workers. This was never more evident than the executive order that Wolf issued in February that was essentially a backdoor way of unionizing home care workers.
Nationally, new rules set forth by the National Labor Relations Board are stacked in favor of labor unions not workers. The ambush election rules that went into effect on April 14 makes the odds of unionizing a workplace so much greater for unions. With drastically shortened election windows, employers do not have adequate time to reach out to their employees to offer their side of the story. Workers are not given adequate time to digest the options and fully investigate what would be best for them and their fellow employees. Statistics show that the less time workers have to consider their options, the more likely they will vote to unionize. The NLRB and the unions are well aware of these statistics and understand fully the implications of shortening the election process. This new rule from the NLRB is, without question, designed to boost the membership numbers of labor unions that have hit the skids over the past few years.
So this Labor Day, we see clearly that worker freedom is under attack and every effort to force employees into unions at both the state and national level are underway. So we must increase our vigilance and put a stop to these blatant attempts to fill the coffers of labor unions for political purposes. Instead we must push even harder for legislation that frees workers from compulsory unionism and gives them the final say on how their hard-earned money is spent.
We at Pennsylvanians for Right to Work will work tirelessly to bring about legislation that is best for employees and employers, not labor unions. We think that is the best way to honor workers not only on Labor Day but all year long. Won’t you join us in this effort?
Barb Moran is the Executive Director of Pennsylvanians for Right to Work, Inc. You may contact Barb Moran at firstname.lastname@example.org.