S.525 National Right To Work Act Introduced in the US Senate

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) on February 14, 2019, introduced for the 4th time a Federal Right to Work bill in the US Senate.  Bill S.525 is a one-page bill that, on the heels of the Janus v. AFSCME decision, would make paying union dues elective for employees who would still be receiving the same union-negotiated wages and benefits of dues-paying members made possible through the union’s collective bargaining power. Right to work dilutes the bargaining strength of the unions and, while it is introduced as a bill to help workers, it is in fact a measure designed to destroy unions and hurt the middle class. There are currently 27 Right to Work states in the US, all of which have been proven to have lower wages than those states that do not have Right to Work legislation.  The bill currently has 16 co-sponsors, all Republican, and, except for the State of Colorado, all from right-to-work states.   President Trump was quoted as saying that he will sign the bill should it make its way to his desk… and that is another example of why elections have consequences.