By Evan Henerson
The trees are bare, the wind is howling, the days are getting shorter and the leader of the free world has gone insane (Sorry. we couldn’t resist). We’re days away from the witching hour and a dark and evil presence is approaching, making its menacing way forward as sure as any mask-wearing murderer or “Walking Dead” zombie…
Be very afraid. No, be terrified. Fright to work is coming. In many part of the country, it’s already here.
Right to work legislation allows individuals to join a labor union without having to pay dues. Put another way, employees in right to work states can receive the benefits of a union contract without having to pay their share of the dues or fees. This allows certain employees to leech off their more responsible union brothers and sisters, which invariably weakens the power of unions. 28 states are currently right to work.
The terminology is deceptive. Citing the data that wages are invariably lower in right to work states, labor advocates brand it “Right to Work for Less” or rally under the cry “Right to Work is wrong.” Earlier this year, in responding to the proposed federal right to work bill, the AFL-CIO’s Richard Trumka called right to work “a lie dressed up in a feel-good slogan.”
The news that the U.S. Supreme Court would hear Janus vs AFSCME heralded a collective bloodcurdling scream throughout the union world. The case challenges the rights of unions to collect “fair share” fees from employees who don’t want to join bargaining units but may still enjoy the umbrella of representation.
Over the next few days, leading up to the creepiest, most frightening day of the year, we’ll share some creepy news and factoids about “Fright to Work.”
Here’s hoping we won’t give you nightmares….