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Making Right to Work Illegal

Senator Elizabeth Warren introduces law that will inevitably save this nation

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Sep 22, 2017

While Right to Work laws have been getting passed around the country, no state has ever passed a law to repeal Right to Work. With more than half of the states now Right to Work, the impact has begun being felt in other countries as well as in collective bargaining states. To combat this race to the bottom, seven Senators have introduced a national bill that will make these laws illegal.

The bill, which was introduced by Senators Elizabeth Warren (M-MA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Ed Markey (D-MA) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), would repeal Right to Work laws in the 28 states that have passed them. A companion bill is being introduced by Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA) in the House.

"If we want to protect workers and expect a level playing field in international trade deals, we need to start at home - and that means banning states from imposing restrictions that prevent workers from joining together to fight for their future,” Warren said in a statement.

The bill, which is titled, Protecting Workers and Improving Labor Standards Act, would repeal Section 14(b) of the 1947 Taft-Hartley Act. That section allows states to pass laws limiting their ability to collect dues from those who benefit from a union contract.

“With the introduction of legislation banning so-called Right to Work laws, Congressman Sherman and Senator Warren have once again demonstrated their strong commitment to working families,” said Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO.  “Right to Work laws undermine the economy and weaken worker’s ability to bargain for better working conditions, which translates into lower pay and fewer benefits for everyone.”

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