Yesterday, as union thugs resorted to violence outside the Michigan state Capitol, the Republican-controlled legislature banned unions from requiring workers to pay membership dues. Governor Rick Snyder (R) signed the measure into law shortly after.
This is a major victory for freedom that will lead to job growth and lower taxes for hardworking Michigan families. It’s also a devastating defeat for organized labor and strikes a blow to the Democratic Party, which relies on forced unionism to elect liberal politicians. But this freedom should not be limited to workers who happen to live in one of the twenty-four “right to work” states.
No American — regardless of where they live — should be forced to join or pay dues in order to work.
This is why the Senate Conservatives Fund supports the National Right to Work Act, which would remove the provision in federal law that forces workers to join a union as a condition of employment. States are currently allowed to opt-out of this federal restriction like Michigan did yesterday, but this federal attack on our liberty shouldn’t exist in the first place.
This issue is so important to SCF that we require every candidate we endorse to pledge their support for this legislation. Forced unionism is unfair and it’s destructive. It forces Americans to fund liberal causes against their will and it destroys jobs.
You will be pleased to know that U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) will introduce the National Right to Work Act in the next Congress and all eight of the senators you helped elect in the past two elections are ready to move it forward. The only way to pass good legislation is to make senators vote on it over and over again until they buckle under the pressure or are voted out of office.
Also, SCF will continue to weigh this issue heavily in deciding our 2014 candidate endorsements. As you know, we don’t endorse incumbents, but we will look for candidates to challenge Senators who side with union bosses against American workers.
If you want to help SCF elect more conservatives who have the courage to stand up to organized labor, please make a contribution to the Senate Conservatives Fund today. You donation of $25 or more will jump-start our efforts next year.
Thank you for supporting the principles of freedom.
Senate Conservatives Fund
P.S. Here are 33 U.S. Senators up for re-election in 2014 and how they voted on the National Right to Work Act on January 22, 2009.
2014 Senators | National Right to Work Act
Alaska — Mark Begich (D) — No
Alabama — Jeff Sessions (R) — Yes
Arkansas — Mark Pryor (D) — No
Colorado — Mark Udall (D) — No
Delaware — Chris Coons (D) — Wasn’t In Office
Georgia — Saxby Chambliss (R) — Yes
Iowa — Tom Harkin (D) — No
Idaho — Jim Risch (R) — Yes
Illinois — Dick Durbin (D) — No
Kansas — Pat Roberts (R) — Yes
Kentucky — Mitch McConnell (R) — Yes
Louisiana — Mary Landrieu (D) — No
Massachusetts — John Kerry (D) — No
Maine — Susan Collins (R) — No
Michigan — Carl Levin (D) — No
Minnesota — Al Franken (D) — Wasn’t In Office
Mississippi — Thad Cochran (R) — Yes
Montana — Max Baucus (D) — No
North Carolina — Kay Hagan (D) — No
Nebraska — Mike Johanns (R) — No
New Hampshire — Jeanne Shaheen (D) — No
New Jersey — Frank Lautenberg (D) — No
New Mexico — Tom Udall (D) — No
Oklahoma — Jim Inhofe (R) — Yes
Oregon — Jeff Merkley (D) — No
Rhode Island — Jack Reed (D) — No
South Carolina — Lindsey Graham (R) — Yes
South Dakota — Tim Johnson (D) — No
Tennessee — Lamar Alexander (R) — No
Texas — John Cornyn (R) — Yes
Virginia — Mark Warner (D) — No
West Virginia — Jay Rockefeller (D) — No
Wyoming — Mike Enzi (R) — Yes