The International Union of Operating Engineers released a statement regarding the recent National Right to Work Bill that was introduced last week. Below is the full letter that was sent out to members.
Crony capitalists are trying to rig the system. Although a majority of states are now weakened by “Right-to-Work” laws, billionaire CEO’s will not be satisfied until the entire nation is put under “Right-to-Work.”
A national “Right-to-Work” bill, H.R. 785, was just introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by longtime mouthpiece for anti-union construction contractors, Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa). This legislation is designed to lower workers’ wages, shut down unions and maximize CEO profits.
“Right-to-work” laws thrust the government into the middle of labor-management negotiations. It eliminates “union security” clauses in collective bargaining agreements, which simply require workers who benefit under an agreement to pay their fair share. “Right-to-work” laws even allow an individual worker to avoid paying a dime for the cost of taking up a grievance on their behalf. Yet the union still has a duty to represent the worker.
“Right to work” is wrong. It is wrong for workers, employers, and they’re simply un-American.
Please contact your Member of Congress right now and urge them to stand up for working families by opposing H.R. 785, National “Right-to-Work” legislation. “Right-to-Work” isn’t about improving working conditions, increasing wages, or providing a secure retirement for workers. It does not increase jobs. It only lowers standards for all workers.
Studies have shown that states with “Right-to-Work” laws suffer:
· Lower Wages and Incomes
· Lower Rates of Health Insurance Coverage
· Higher Poverty and Infant Mortality Rates
· Higher Workplace Fatality Rates
The IUOE is just beginning to develop the program to fight S. 785, National “right to work” legislation. We have recently launched the “StopRTW.org” website for more information.
Engineers Action and Response Network (EARN)