There was a moment last week when our first amendment rights were trampled on, when individuals who didn’t want to let us speak physically tried to make us stop. In videos that have made the rounds on YouTube, pro union protestors vandalized our property, tore down our Americans for Prosperity tent endangering the safety of some of our members inside, and sought to intimidate us to leave.
I’m proud to say that AFP activists have fought alongside a strong coalition of freedom-loving groups in Michigan to help pass this right-to-work law, which, just six weeks ago, seemed like a long shot. Thousands of activists worked hard for the last few weeks, tirelessly making phone calls, visiting key lawmakers and gathering outside the Capitol in support of workers’ rights.
Despite the rhetoric of union bullies, right-to-work laws are proven to promote economic growth. Over the past ten years right-to-work states have seen greater private sector job growth and greater population growth along with fewer welfare recipients than in forced union states. Furthermore, family budgets are growing in right-to-work states. These states saw real personal income grow faster than in forced union states and exceed the national average
These laws are common sense; they don’t undermine workers, they liberate them. They liberate by allowing individuals to choose whether to join a union and by not allowing unions preferred status to deduct union dues from your paychecks. No other organization (other than perhaps the government) has the power to seize money directly out of your paycheck without consent. No wonder they’re fighting laws that promote worker freedom with so much anger and vitriol.
The reality is, right-to-work is good for workers and good for unions. Competition for your hard earned dollars by union organizations will encourage them to modernize, to work harder for their members, and not waste money. Workers still are free to join a union and contribute dues if they find value in the services provided.
Voters brought change to Wisconsin last year, and Michiganders are equally hungry to see their struggling state economy begin to recover. They want to see more freedom and more open labor markets because they help workers and attract new business. They want to remove barriers to job growth, and they want to keep more money in the pockets of the American people.