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Rand Paul Introduces National Right to Work Bill

He introduced the same bill in 2019 and it failed to pass the Senate

Brian Young's picture
Feb 26, 2021

It is the beginning of a new legislative session in the Senate so that can only mean one thing, it’s time for Kentucky Senator Rand Paul to introduce a National Right to Work bill.

The bill was introduced on February 24th and is co-sponsored in the House by South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson. Paul’s bill would repeal six statutory provisions that allow private-sector workers, as well as airline and railroad employees, to be fired if they chose not to join a union in states which are not currently Right to Work. The bill currently has 15 co-sponsors in the Senate and 62 co-sponsors in the House.

This is the second time that Paul has introduced the bill. In 2019 he introduced a similar bill, but it failed to get a vote, even though Trump told Paul that if it passed he would sign it.

On Wednesday, Paul went on Fox Business’ “Mornings with Maria” to push the bill. On the show, he defended Right to Work saying that companies like Boeing went to South Carolina because they are an anti-union state, called right to work states a “great draw” and said that if the whole country went right to work then the U.S. would become a “great draw.”

While Right to Work might be great for greedy employers, data from the AFL-CIO shows that when right to work laws are passed, wages go down an average of 3.1% and discrimination cases go up 36%.

While people like Paul tout Right to Work as good for business, that also isn’t the case. Republican West Virginia Governor Jim Justice admitted that this week when he said, “Really and truly, let’s just be brutally honest, we passed the right-to-work law in West Virginia. And we ran to the windows looking to see all the people that were going to come — and they didn’t come. We got rid of prevailing wage. We changed our corporate taxes and we’ve done a lot of different things. And we’ve run to the windows and they haven’t come.”

With Democrats in charge of the House and Senate, Paul’s bill will not pass. However, it does show the importance of passing a bill like the PRO Act which would abolish Right to Work laws.

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