What is FREEDOM? The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines FREEDOM as “the quality or state of being free; the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action; liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another; and the quality or state of being exempt or released usually from something onerous.”
On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress formally adopted the Declaration of Independence announcing to the world that the 13 colonies were now free and independent states and no longer under the control of a tyrannical King. The colonies had endured a long train of abuses at the hands of the King and they had a desire to experience FREEDOM from these abuses.
Not much has changed in the 239 years since the Declaration of Independence was signed. People throughout history have had a desire to live their lives the way they chose without interference.
Today, this is certainly true of workers who are required to pay union dues in order to gain or keep a job in Pennsylvania. This is not FREEDOM! This is COERCION! What would the Founders have thought of this practice? The most famous words of the Declaration say, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Compulsory unionism absolutely violates a person’s unalienable right of liberty. How can workers have liberty when they are coerced to financially support a union that they otherwise would not in order to gain or keep their job?
The Declaration of Independence made a bold statement to the world that the colonies were free. It’s time to pass RIGHT TO WORK, a declaration of independence from compulsory unionism, so that workers in Pennsylvania can be free too just as our Founding Fathers wanted it to be.
Happy Independence Day!