“Right to Work” Laws Mean Less Rights for Workers
Recently, Indiana Republican Governor Mitch Daniels signed into law a “Right to Work” law stripping unions of their power to extract union dues from workers. Indiana joins 22 other states in becoming a “Right to Work” state.
Huge protests are taking place across the state as union workers are unhappy with Gov. Daniels and the state legislators over this new bill in a state that is well-known for its labor unions and worker’s rights.
The “Right to Work” law is deceptive in its name. It actually allows businesses to pay whatever wages they wish to pay and lower benefits for their employees. It puts all the power in employers’ hands, which in turn takes away the rights of workers to be paid a decent wage and have decent benefits.
Since Republicans swept into power in the 2010 election, taking over several governor’s seats and legislative bodies, they have used their new-found power to – not do what they campaigned for but to attack unions instead. Wisconsin is a good example with Republican Governor Scott Walker going against public labor unions with the Republican-controlled state legislator by stripping labor unions and state workers of their bargaining rights.
Gov. Walker never campaigned on the issue when he ran for office in 2010, as though it was a secret agenda that he kept until he was in power. State workers and the other citizens of Wisconsin are in the process of recalling Gov. Walker and some of the state legislators who backed the union-stripping bill.
There has been a concerted attack on unions from Republicans since they swept into power in 2010. Many workers see this as an attack on their ability to make a decent living. They’re wages and benefits are the main issue here, as many of those who still have jobs are being forced to accept lower wages and lower benefits.
The question on my mind as it is on many hardworking middle class workers; are we expected to give up even more of our livelihoods so that Big Corporations can increase their profits? We seem to be going down a road where the middle class have to work harder for less. With more states becoming “Right to Work” states, workers’ rights disappear and they’re forced to accept whatever their employers wish to pay them. Living conditions worsen for workers yet profits soar for Big Corporations.
Another question on my mind is; how far will this go before the People of this nation retaliate by voting them all out of office?
I believe that this November will be very telling; if Republicans in office keep pushing to usurp the power of unions, they may see such a huge backlash from ordinary citizens this election so that Democrats may gain a great deal of their power back in both federal and state houses of government. You would think they could see the “Writing on the Wall” but obviously they’re so caught up with their theory of “Trickle Down” economics and an unfettered free market system that seems so balanced toward the wealthy, leaving everyone else to struggle for survival, that their blind to the toll it’s taking on this country.
Hopefully this November they’ll reap the whirlwind of dissatisfaction and we’ll see some changes that will move the pendulum back toward the working class instead of those who’ve already enjoyed great rewards at the detriment of everyone else.
- Indiana joins right-to-work ranks, gov. signs bill (newsok.com)
- Indiana right-to-work law to get final push this week – Reuters (reuters.com)
- You: Indiana enacts ‘right to work’ law (latimes.com)
- Quinn: Indiana’s Push For ‘Right To Work’ Law Won’t Hurt Illinois (chicago.cbslocal.com)
- Indiana enacts ‘right to work’ law – Los Angeles Times (latimes.com)