Do You Agree with the Right to Work Legislation?
Many conservative local election candidates in New Hampshire are signing "Anti-tax" pledges that include a promise to support Right To Work legislation should they get elected. Right To Work would prohibit unions from requiring members to pay dues, which would eventually break the unions. The thinking is that if unions disappeared from our state it would encourage more large businesses to move to New Hampshire and would create more jobs.
The only problem is- what kind of jobs would be created? The kind of jobs where workers have no say, are paid poorly, have no benefits and a lousy work environment. It may decrease our already low unemployment rate, but at the cost of all employed people.
The pledge, call the Americans for Prosperity NH Tax Pledge, is being pushed by Americans for Prosperity, a conservative political advocacy group founded with money from billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch.
Unions have done so much good for the middle class. They gave us the weekend, benefits, pensions, safer working conditions, created child labor laws. Unionized teachers can bargain for a smaller class size, and unionized nurses can bargain for better patient care. Which is why I don't understand how the Republican party can be so intent on union-busting while still saying they are fighting for the middle-class.
What do you think?