Posted By RichC on August 9, 2018
Unions have slowly been losing their grip on "laws" in each state over the years as workers want to be able to choose whether or not they want to belong to a union (and pay the dues). Several states have passed "right-to-work" laws giving those workers that freedom … but others have not adopted "independent choice."
In elections on Tuesday, voters in Missouri push back against "right-to-work" in their state.
Tuesday’s referendum in the state gave voters the chance to strike down a law the state Legislature passed last year that would prohibit employees from being forced to join a union or to otherwise pay "fair share" fees to a given workplace’s union. Rules like this are commonly referred to as "right-to-work" laws, and by prohibiting requirements for employees to join a union or pay fees to a union negotiating on their behalf, they are generally understood to weaken labor organizations in places where they are enacted.
Personally I understand the value unions once played in our country and establishing them gave some power to workers who were often taken advantage of when it came to abusive management. Most of the old is in the past and companies nowadays wanting to retain good workers must offer competitive compensation and benefits that align with their peers.
I’d prefer individuals have the option to be part of a union or not. If employers get too haughty, unions will grow again and workers will want to join. Unfortunately now unions have become just a political arm and lobbyist (and waste dues) … we should not be forcing individuals to participate and pay dues.