Let me see if I have this right
Unions ask, “Should workers who are covered by collective bargaining agreements be permitted to be ‘free riders’ and receive union protections and benefits without paying for them?”
Unions argue that right-to-work laws mean less revenues in the form of members’ dues.
I was a dues-paying member of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers for 38 years before retiring in 2007. I have seen firsthand how those teachers who chose not to become union members and pay dues benefited from the collective bargaining agreements that our union members had to make numerous sacrifices for, like going out on strike, being jailed and being beaten up on picket lines.
I believe that every person has the right not to join a labor union, whether in the private or public sector. What they don’t have the right to do is reap the rewards of the gains made by union members through collective bargaining agreements without having had to pay any price of their own. (Emphasis mine – Bob)
Unions are objecting to people receiving benefits without paying for them, right?
And yet they voted for Obama who is pushing to do exactly that except he calls it making the rich pay their fair share.
In a news conference Wednesday, Richard Trumka, the A.F.L.-C.I.O.’s president, said that without the huge push by the nation’s labor unions, Mr. Obama never would have won Ohio, Wisconsin and Nevada — and their combined 34 electoral votes.
“We did deliver those states,” Mr. Trumka said. “Without organized labor, none of those states would have been in the president’s column.
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