According to the National Right to Work Committee, unions’ ability to elect their own bosses leaves states open to political capture. Union bosses amass huge campaign warchests which they use to fund sympathetic candidates. In fact, “in the nearly two dozen states where government-sector forced union dues and fees are still authorized and promoted, union chiefs funnel a large portion of the conscripted money they collect from civil servants into efforts to influence the outcomes of state and local elections.”
Strong Right to Work laws protect workers from being forced to unionize, and also protect taxpayers from union-owned politicians. The National Right to Work Committee quotes its VP Greg Mourad:
“Data published by the federal government and nonpartisan private watchdogs such as the Washington, D.C.-based Tax Foundation,” continued Mr. Mourad, “reveal an extremely close correlation between forced financial support for government unions and greater public indebtedness.
“According to a table appearing in the Tax Foundation’s Facts & Figures 2018, for example, the 10 states with the greatest absolute state and local debt per capita are New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Alaska, Illinois, Washington, New Jersey, Rhode Island, California and Hawaii.
“Not one of these 10 states protects the Right to Work of public employees,” said Mr. Mourad.
“On the other hand,” he added, “in nine of the 10 states with the lowest state and local debt per capita, public servants may not be fired for refusal to pay dues or fees to a union.”
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For a detailed list of Right to Work states, visit the Richardcyoung.com Liberty & Freedom map.