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Right to Work: Facts vs. Fantasy

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We don’t normally talk about politics, but sometimes educating the people that matter is necessary in some circumstances. There have been many misconceptions over the “Right to Work” bill. Our friends from NMFL and  RTWExposed.org  had this great information to share with us. Naturally, we want to share it with you.

 


RTW: Facts vs. Fantasy

Right to Work is a deceptive name for a bad law that hurts the middle class. It is unfair, unnecessary, and hides the bill’s true goals to put more money in the pockets of out of state millionaires and billionaires.Workers, parents, teachers, educators, local business owners and concerned citizens and standing up and speaking out to spread the truth about divisive hot button issues that weaken New Mexico, create no jobs, help zero children, raise no wages, and won’t improve public safety in our state. The lies just don’t stand up to the TRUTH about “Right to Work”.

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Unions impose fair share on workers against the employer and employees’ will. Fair share exists only where the employer and employees agree to it. Even after agreement at the negotiating table, the rank and file workers must ratify and contract through a democratic vote.
By reducing workers’ ability to negotiate and lowering wages, New Mexico will get a competitive advantage that will lead to new jobs. New Mexico is already at the bottom of the states when it comes to wages across almost all sectors. Lowering wages doesn’t make New Mexico more attractive. Low wage manufacturing companies looking to relocate based on wage scale already going to China, Vietnam, or Mexico.
Right to work is a major factor for companies looking to re-locate or expand. The Magazine for site locators and companies looking to move or expand, Area Development Magazine, has just surveyed company location personnel for years on what factors are most important to their decisions. Not once in all the years of the survey has right to work been in the top 10 factors.
Right to work will lead to new jobs. 7 of the 10 states with the highest unemployment are right-to-work states.
Free bargaining states require workers to become union workers. No one can be required to join a union according to U.S. Supreme Court decisions. Current law allows employers and employees to negotiate agreements that require non-union members to pay reduced fair share amounts for costs directly related to the administration of a contract.
Fair share fees fund political work. Under U.S. Supreme Court rulings, not a single penny of fair share fees can go to political, social, or even charitable causes. Fair share pays exclusively for negotiating and enforcing contracts that benefit every worker.
If a worker doesn’t want to pay fair share, they won’t get union benefits or representation. Under current federal and state law, all unions must represent everyone in a bargaining unit equally. All contract benefits and rights accrue to both union members and non-members equally.



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