Undermining Taft-Hartley Act: via Right to Work laws
February 11, 2020
Right to Work or Right to Unionize
Numerous laws have been enacted which dilute the design of the founding fathers for a government to PROTECT our inherent rights. Who is to blame? Legislators, trying to make a name in history, or bowing to special interests, or yielding to iniquitous tendencies? Or citizens uninformed or disinterested in the deluge of legislation proposed annually.
So, as manufacturing returns to America, as the jobs which were lost to offshore investors and executive bonuses, as those jobs return what would be the worst scenario for American workers? What would dilute the potential growth unseen by two generations? Let’s answer that with another question. What political advantages drove jobs offshore to China, where in the 1990’s the GOVERNMENT received upwards of 70% of the money American executives paid to have product manufactured?
China looked the other way as their land, their seashores, and their people were polluted with toxins from production practices not allowed in America. Where was our conscience? Where was any creativity or leverage by our legislators for the Chinese workers in right-to-work protections and basic human-rights? Where were the members of the Congressional Committee on Foreign Affairs especially the Asian sub-committee?
The Taft-Hartley Act of 1945 amended the 1935 The National Labor Relations Act which established the ability for states to enact their own right-to-work laws. Currently twenty-seven states have enacted right-to work laws. The Act was the first law barring unions and corporations from making independent expenditures in support of or [in] opposition to federal candidates.
So why would absent-from-his-district Congressman Sherman, who has served on the Congressional Committee on Foreign Affairs for nearly 20 years, decide to introduce, with deliberate and calculatedly confusing language, an act to undermine American jobs?
Here is the Act, laid out to digest and easily understand the text:
To repeal the authority
under the National Labor Relations Act
for States to enact laws
prohibiting agreements requiring membership in a labor organization as a condition of employment,
and for other purposes