Dayton: Forcing workers to pay union dues is totally mainstream, or something

posted at 3:05 pm on February 3, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

With Indiana becoming the first Rust Belt state to take the position that workers shouldn’t be forced to tithe to unions in order to hold a job, one might think that other states might get a clue and consider their own workers and their rights.  Minnesota’s Republican legislature has actually been trying to get a similar law passed, but DFL Governor Mark Dayton has adamantly refused to consider it.  Instead, the legislature will put a right-to-work constitutional amendment on the ballot and bypass Dayton, taking the issue directly to the voters.

Dayton calls this … wait for it … “extreme.”  He also went to rather extreme lengths to make his point:

On Thursday, Republicans in the House and Senate introduced the “right to work” concept as a constitutional amendment, which would get around Dayton’s veto pen and take the issue directly to voters. “Right to work” states that employees cannot be required to be union members as a condition of employment, and allows workers to opt out of union membership. Supporters also refer to the amendment as “employee freedom.”

“Who is extreme? Who’s extreme?” Dayton asked the group. “Right to work, come on folks. We’ve had Republican legislatures and Republican governors and nobody’s every run that one up to try to get a constitutional amendment….

“Employee freedom? Freedom to work for substandard wages? Look at the states that have right to work and compare their salary wage levels with states that don’t. The states that don’t have higher standards of living for their people. Better education systems. Better opportunity for people to at least negotiate for decent wages and retirement benefits and health care and the like.”

Huh?  Does a state’s standard of living have any kind of relation to forced dues payments?  The bill doesn’t forbid people from negotiating for “decent wages,” or even to form and join unions, if they so choose.  It would eliminate the forced deduction of dues payments as a condition of keeping a job for those who want to exercise their right of free association to stay out of the unions.  And while Minnesota has a pretty decent mean annual income of $45,470 as of May 2010, according to the BLS, the state of Virginia — a right-to-work state — does better at $47,840.  And while 15.1% of Minnesota workers are unionized — which means that they give back a good chunk of those earnings to the union bosses — only 5.6% of Virginia workers choose to belong to a union.

You know what’s really extreme?  Trying to force babysitters and day-care workers to join a union so that Big Labor can force them to pay dues.  Now who would be so extreme as to do that?  Oh, yeah


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One of the biggest fairy tales told by labor unions is that they represent “working men and women”. They don’t. They represent a cash stream to political special interests and they are now upset that the cash stream, and therefore their political clout, is about to be diminished.

They are nothing more than organized fleecing of working men and women in order to channel cash to political campaigns.

Unions represent a decreasing portion of American workers, I think the number these days is somewhere around 11 to 12 percent but are a primary cash stream for one political party.

crosspatch on February 3, 2012 at 3:09 PM

He’s shocked! lol…

tinkerthinker on February 3, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Hello,mcfly?

Wow

cmsinaz on February 3, 2012 at 3:11 PM

If it’s extreme then Dayton should push a vote on it. It would fail. If he fears a vote on it then he’s another lying politician.

Flange on February 3, 2012 at 3:11 PM

So only union states have better education systems?

Zaggs on February 3, 2012 at 3:11 PM

You know what’s really extreme? Trying to force babysitters and day-care workers to join a union so that Big Labor can force them to pay dues. Now who would be so extreme as to do that? Oh, yeah …

…and to vote, for them.

Lefties are exploiting looters, no more, never.

Now the U.N. wants a world tax, to ‘help the poor’.

It’s all the same with them.

One world, on Looting.

Moochers, wake up and pitchfork them. They hate you and exploit you.

Schadenfreude on February 3, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Referring to Republican majorities in the House and Senate, the DFL: governor said: “And these people, they’re just hell-bent on their own agenda. They don’t even take the bills up with anybody else, not the DFLers, not me. They just ram them through so they can go home and they think somehow that’s going to appeal to the people of Minnesota.

“Well, I know the people of Minnesota better than that.”

So what’s the problem with letting these people you ‘know so well’ to vote on the matter???

Jacka$$.

BigWyo on February 3, 2012 at 3:12 PM

crosspatch, you are correct. The unions now are nothing more than criminal syndicates, as far as I’m concerned.

dogsoldier on February 3, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Why, heck, it’s no different than forcing people to buy the government’s mandated healthcare policy! Totally American and stuff.

Warner Todd Huston on February 3, 2012 at 3:13 PM

One of the biggest fairy tales told by labor unions is that they represent “working men and women”. They don’t. They represent a cash stream to political special interests and they are now upset that the cash stream, and therefore their political clout, is about to be diminished.

They are nothing more than organized fleecing of working men and women in order to channel cash to political campaigns.

Unions represent a decreasing portion of American workers, I think the number these days is somewhere around 11 to 12 percent but are a primary cash stream for one political party.

crosspatch on February 3, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Well done. An excellent summary of the true condition

rplat on February 3, 2012 at 3:13 PM

So the unions are going to have to fight on another front!!?!? This is really going to hurt their ability to contribute to the democrat machine.

Wisconsin was seen as the line in the sand. Unions figured they had to stop the tide there or the whole house of cards would come down. They went all-in with Prosser, the State legislature and now Walker. It appears that even if they manage to recall Walker, the damage has already been done to them. The dominos are already falling in more places than they can keep up with.

Lost in Jersey on February 3, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Actually Dayton is legally wrong, too, as we found out when a friend sued the union for these forced dues when he wasn’t a member.

It’s a well known legal principle that employees are NOT required to pay for campaign donations, and 80-85% of dues are used for that. Unions lose these cases all the time, but they don’t tell members that–you have to file suit to get the truth.

So sue if they’re doing it to you!!

PattyJ on February 3, 2012 at 3:15 PM

“Employee freedom? Freedom to work for substandard wages? Look at the states that have right to work and compare their salary wage levels with states that don’t. The states that don’t have higher standards of living for their people. Better education systems. Better opportunity for people to at least negotiate for decent wages and retirement benefits and health care and the like.”

What a moron. Perhaps he should compare the UNEMPLOYMENT rates of the closed shop union states to the right to work states.

Better a JOB than NO JOB, regardless of the pay, correct?

Geesh.

karenhasfreedom on February 3, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Az , Kansas and Okla are joining the fight. Simply unions are breaking state budgets for their grabs and plush payments and it has now gotten so bad that states have to finally fight back ,about 10 years too late.

Dems know if unions lose power they will lose power by simple effects.

Expect more extreme rhetoric and stupidity being put forth real fast.

CommentGuy on February 3, 2012 at 3:16 PM

The tool would never have won if Sullivan, Coleman or Kiffmeyer would’ve run. But we found the one drunk, idiot attorney that repelled swing voters.

IR-MN on February 3, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Your governor’s just making you beam with pride, right, Ed? It’s not called Democrat-Farmer-Labor for nothin’.

Seriously. How on earth did this jackanapes manage to get elected? Besides the obvious fact that it’s the Land of 10,000 Yokels, of course. (Just kidding. There’s way more than 10,000.)

KingGold on February 3, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Also, isn’t there a forced union dues at the supreme court right now? They union is trying to withdraw from that case but can’t. They are terrified that the supreme court is going to strike down mandatory dues and payroll deductions. I forgot where I read about that this week (here at Hot Gas maybe?). There was some good stats in that article/thread. Apparently union dues drops to below 15% almost everywhere when compulsory membership and payroll deductions are eliminated. Whoot!!!! (I think the case is some sort of teacher’s union).

karenhasfreedom on February 3, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Another clueless Liberal chasing jobs away from his state.

MJZZZ on February 3, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Unions are just little mini-Marxist states.

faraway on February 3, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Also, regarding Walker, even if the recall goes to a vote, isn’t he doing well enough where he will prevail at the end of the day?

karenhasfreedom on February 3, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Yep. Totally mainstream.

Mainstream fascism. Union thugs, go play in traffic.

platypus on February 3, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Urban Dictionary: dfl
Pick your definition, they’re all appropriate.

Marcola on February 3, 2012 at 3:22 PM

“Force” has always been the tool of Socialists. In the Soviet Union and China, “force” was a bullet to the base of the skull, or the gulag.

In America, “force” is a tax code and the “mandate.”

“Force” has many faces – and it is always the tool of the Left.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 3, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Instead, the legislature will put a right-to-work constitutional amendment on the ballot and bypass Dayton, taking the issue directly to the voters.

Let the Voters decide.

Of course, this being a Blue State, Dayton will probably just go Activist Democrat Judge Shopping to get them to overturn the results.

Del Dolemonte on February 3, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Caterpillar closes Canadian plant, relocates production to Muncie, Indiana.

Way to go Governor Daniels!! Right to work pays off on day one!

BacaDog on February 3, 2012 at 3:24 PM

KingGold on February 3, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Name recognition….and Minnesota is far removed from the days of the 1st Minnesota Regiment; we do crazy like no other state.

I say with some shame that I once worked for Dayton’s department store at the Ridgedale Mall.

Bishop on February 3, 2012 at 3:24 PM

So sue if they’re doing it to you!!

PattyJ on February 3, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Its already settled law. I think its Becks ruling.

Mimzey on February 3, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Checkoff systems are literally the lifeblood of democrat politicians vis-a-vis union bosses. If you present workers the option of increasing their pay by eliminating a mandatory union deduction, nearly all of them will take it.

The Count on February 3, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Minnesota deserves what they get for electing a head case far left zealot like Mark “Lithium” Dayton. Seriously Mark Dayton makes David “I like to dress up as Tigger and sexually assault college interns” Wu look sane. How the people of MN

But again this is the same state that elected Jesse “The Body” Ventura Governor, Al Franken Senator, and Keith “Muslim Brotherhood” Ellison to name a few.

The MN state bird is the “LOON.” I guess it describes them perfectly loons.

Sell MN to Canada for a $1 and be done with it.

Raquel Pinkbullet on February 3, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Without right to work, workers are compelled to donate to the Democrat Party.

It’s astonishing that this kind of compulsion is even legal.

CorporatePiggy on February 3, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Look at the states that have right to work and compare their salary wage levels with states that don’t.

Which is meaningless without also measuring cost of living. Unions raise those costs and right to work states are generally less expensive places to live

RadClown on February 3, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Your Virginia mean income stat includes all those federal bureaucrats that you love to deride so much…

ernesto on February 3, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Minnesota deserves what they get for electing a head case far left zealot like Mark “Lithium” Dayton. Seriously Mark Dayton makes David “I like to dress up as Tigger and sexually assault college interns” Wu look sane.
But again this is the same state that elected Jesse “The Body” Ventura Governor, Al Franken Senator, and Keith “Muslim Brotherhood” Ellison to name a few.

The MN state bird is the “LOON.” I guess it describes their state of mind perfectly “loons”.

Sell MN to Canada for a $1 and be done with it.

Raquel Pinkbullet on February 3, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Unions are only for “democracy” as long as it is in their favor! When it works against their interest it is time to “recall”.
Why do they not want people to chose? (Don´t answer – it is just a rhetorical question).

gullxn on February 3, 2012 at 3:31 PM

It’s just like a tax for the democrat party and the mafia, but I repeat myself.

jukin3 on February 3, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Raquel Pinkbullet on February 3, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Ironic that the Canadian $1 coin is called a loon.

Flange on February 3, 2012 at 3:34 PM

This reminds me of Peggy Noonan’s yardstick. We should be outlawing unions. But that would be past the halfway mark.

faraway on February 3, 2012 at 3:34 PM

The MN state bird is the “LOON.” I guess it describes them perfectly loons.

Sell MN to Canada for a $1 and be done with it.

Raquel Pinkbullet on February 3, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Damn right, Minnesotans are dopes.

But a dollar? We couldn’t get that much for such a shiite state, a tarnished nickel and some navel lint is all we could expect.

Bishop on February 3, 2012 at 3:34 PM

I say with some shame that I once worked for Dayton’s department store at the Ridgedale Mall.

Bishop on February 3, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Shame? That’s silly. That was the one time he was doing things right – capitalism.

Now if you are his current chief of staff or some such; well…

platypus on February 3, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Name recognition….and Minnesota is far removed from the days of the 1st Minnesota Regiment; we do crazy like no other state.

I say with some shame that I once worked for Dayton’s department store at the Ridgedale Mall.

Bishop on February 3, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Calling Dayton “crazy” is an understatement. It’s like calling Jesse Ventura “misunderstood.”

Dayton has a long history of psychiatric hospitalizations, and being a complete head case. Isn’t he like the only Governor on anti-psychotic medications? I know he was on anti-psychotics when he was Senator.

Raquel Pinkbullet on February 3, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Dayton the DON!
Ima gonna make U, an offa you can’t refuse!

KOOLAID2 on February 3, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Ironic that the Canadian $1 coin is called a loon.

Flange on February 3, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Heh.

Raquel Pinkbullet on February 3, 2012 at 3:38 PM

“… taking the issue directly to the voters.”

We can’t have THAT now…

… can we?

/

Seven Percent Solution on February 3, 2012 at 3:38 PM

platypus on February 3, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Mark Dayton wasn’t, he was living the life of a trust-fund baby and trying to figure out why his eyes would hurt after staring at the sun.

Bishop on February 3, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Damn right, Minnesotans are dopes.

But a dollar? We couldn’t get that much for such a shiite state, a tarnished nickel and some navel lint is all we could expect.

Bishop on February 3, 2012 at 3:34 PM

The Vikings have to be worth something? Well 0-4 Superbowl record.
The Timberwolves?
The Wild?
Gophers?
Twins?

Raquel Pinkbullet on February 3, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Dayton is right. How dare someone try to get a job without paying union dues? Why the nerve of some people. How the hell would unions elect corrupt politicians if they didn’t have millions in the bank taken from the average Joe and Jane?

darwin on February 3, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Minnesota deserves what they get for electing a head case far left zealot like Mark “Lithium” Dayton. Seriously Mark Dayton makes David “I like to dress up as Tigger and sexually assault college interns” Wu look sane.
But again this is the same state that elected Jesse “The Body” Ventura Governor, Al Franken Senator, and Keith “Muslim Brotherhood” Ellison to name a few.

The MN state bird is the “LOON.” I guess it describes their state of mind perfectly “loons”.

Sell MN to Canada for a $1 and be done with it.

Raquel Pinkbullet on February 3, 2012 at 3:30 PM

LMFAO……loons for sure. I am beginning to wonder if the entire population of MN came from the parents that were also siblings.

David in ATL on February 3, 2012 at 3:42 PM

For anybody that wants to better understand “unions” consider the following:

From the dictionary of REAL Americans:

union = 1. A collection of people headed by goons and thugs organized to extort the maximum possible wages, benefits and pensions for doing the minimum possible amount of actual work. 2. A subsidiary of the lunatic-left d-cRAT socialist party that provides hundreds of millions of dollars in mandatory union dues as campaign contributions in payback for the billions of dollars of taxpayer money the d-cRAT socialists funnel to the unions. 3. An entity designed to make any company non-competitive and any state, city or local municipality bankrupt. 4. A collection of people controlled by goons and thugs that are focused on voter intimidation, unless the voter votes for the d-cRAT socialist party. 5. A tool of the d-cRAT socialist party to implement its anti-democracy ideology by preventing workers from having a secret ballot as to whether they want to join a union, and instead subjecting them to what is called “card check” that allows union leader goons and thugs to harass, intimidate and threaten workers to join their union. 6. The d-cRAT socialist party’s version of the Third Reich’s SchutzStaffel (SS) used to violently attack anybody who opposes the will of the unions or the party, as seen in their actions in Wisconsin and elsewhere where there are efforts at fiscal reform, rational governing and support for taxpayers. 7. The current d-cRAT socialist form of SLAVERY in which each person MUST pay dues to their union maters, they MUST be subject to the rules of their union masters and they MUST obey all orders and decrees from their union masters even if they don’t want anything to do with the union.

TeaPartyNation on February 3, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Dayton calls this … wait for it … “extreme stupid.”

timberline on February 3, 2012 at 3:43 PM

I say with some shame that I once worked for Dayton’s department store at the Ridgedale Mall.

Bishop on February 3, 2012 at 3:24 PM

At least you’re not there anymore. I still can’t get the wife to stop shopping at Kohl’s.

Lost in Jersey on February 3, 2012 at 3:44 PM

In other words workers are supposed to be FORCED to pay dues contribute to the democrat party. Which is where all the dues that don’t go to fat salaries and benefits to union bosses go.

wildcat72 on February 3, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Beholden. Union. Tool.

’nuff said

FlatFoot on February 3, 2012 at 3:47 PM

I say with some shame that I once worked for Dayton’s department store at the Ridgedale Mall.

Bishop on February 3, 2012 at 3:24 PM

I loved Dayton’s, especially the flagship downtown. I miss it. Drive by Ridgedale every time I visit my folks.

Missy on February 3, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Az , Kansas and Okla are joining the fight. Simply unions are breaking state budgets for their grabs and plush payments and it has now gotten so bad that states have to finally fight back ,about 10 years too late.

Dems know if unions lose power they will lose power by simple effects.

Expect more extreme rhetoric and stupidity being put forth real fast.

CommentGuy on February 3, 2012 at 3:16PM

Oklahoma passed this 10 years ago.

silvernana on February 3, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Schadenfreude on February 3, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Yes and where is Bachmann, you know the one that was so concerned about the “little children”? I would have thot she would be leading on this. Guess Gardasil isn’t involved or mental retardation, so she’s absent.

This has been going on for quite some time and in her own back yard. But she’s too busy negotiating with Romney on her campaign debt.

Glad to see the MN Legislature bypassing this Union lover Gov.

bluefox on February 3, 2012 at 3:53 PM

“extreme.”

People shouldn’t be allowed to make decisions for themselves!

GarandFan on February 3, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Oh, I hope it fails! then the rest of your jobs up there can move down to Texas, where ‘right-to-work’ has ALWAYS been our standard.

michaelo on February 3, 2012 at 4:16 PM

NFL players union publicly sided with unions, so we are all in full NFL boycott mode — especially this weekend and in Indiana, right? Right?

Sorry, that would be like thinking you would boycott a bowl game that featured this entertainment.

Carry on, you moonbats.

kunegetikos on February 3, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Oh, I hope it fails! then the rest of your jobs up there can move down to Texas, where ‘right-to-work’ has ALWAYS been our standard.

michaelo on February 3, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Great Country, Texas:-) Oh, did you see that Daniels signed into law the right to work? That was great!!

Hope the Guv is doing well:-)

bluefox on February 3, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Actually Minnesota has never had a Republican legislature before the 2010 elections gave them control of both houses.

thuljunior on February 3, 2012 at 4:33 PM

TeaPartyNation on February 3, 2012 at 3:42 PM

I bet the PC version is better/ That’s a winner!! Funny how truth sounds, huh?

bluefox on February 3, 2012 at 4:33 PM

A couple of decades ago, our fine state of SD enjoyed getting MN companies to move here. It has been a while since that happened, but I am hoping our state officials are using the lack of an income tax on business and people and the right to work status of SD to try to get companies to make the move again.

duggersd on February 3, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Liberals don’t understand the simplest subjects. When you are interviewing for a job, you are selling your service to a company. That is why there is an employment contract when you are hired. Either party can walk away from the contract if they are dissatisfied with the compensation or service.

If I applied to get a job working on telephone lines, I would need to agree with the compensation I am receiving and they would agree with what I have told them my skill set is. There is absolutely no reason for a third party to step in between our financial transaction and forcibly take my money. I am not incompetent, so I don’t need a 3rd party insuring that I will get fired.

This is why I think the NLRB is unconstitutional. Why the heck can a govt agency step in when 2 parties, a union and company, decide not to do business and then force the company to purchase their service? Is this not against the commerce clause? Am I missing something?

If I walk into WalMart and look at the new Madden for xBox and say I don’t want to pay $60 for that, then wouldn’t a govt agency step in and say, “NO, you must purchase Madden, WalMart will be forced to lower their price to only $40, but you must also purchase College Gameday for $40 as well”

jeffn21 on February 3, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Actually Minnesota has never had a Republican legislature before the 2010 elections gave them control of both houses.

thuljunior on February 3, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Wow, no wonder the Gov is going off the deep end. The legislature is feeling their oats:-) More power to them!! That 2010 election turned a lot of States Red!!

bluefox on February 3, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Little surprise that people who can’t make rational decisions can’t understand that normal people act with rational self-interest.

WeekendAtBernankes on February 3, 2012 at 4:51 PM

The Vikings have to be worth something? Well 0-4 Superbowl record.
The Timberwolves?
The Wild?
Gophers?
Twins?

Raquel Pinkbullet on February 3, 2012 at 3:41 PM

About the only darn thing we got going for us up here. Say what you want about our politics, but don’t anybody dare insult our Twinkies.

Nelsen on February 3, 2012 at 4:52 PM

About the only darn thing we got going for us up here. Say what you want about our politics, but don’t anybody dare insult our Twinkies.

Nelsen on February 3, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Or our hockey.

UMD – Defending D1 Champions
Duluth East – Last year State Tournament Runner-ups

Nelsen on February 3, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Jerry Brown was the one in CA who signed the mandatory fees back in his first term. The union coffers exploded! And the unions began their march to control of the entire state.

It’s ironic that he is governor again to preside over the state’s downfall, the downfall he caused.

PattyJ on February 3, 2012 at 4:59 PM

A couple of decades ago, our fine state of SD enjoyed getting MN companies to move here. It has been a while since that happened, but I am hoping our state officials are using the lack of an income tax on business and people and the right to work status of SD to try to get companies to make the move again.

duggersd on February 3, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Yeah, I remember that. Governor Janklow of SD was going at it with Governor Perpich of MN at the time. IIRC, at that time it was because of MN’s high unemployment/disability insurance. Also, something to do about companies charging high interest rates on their credit cards. Do I have that right?

Mirimichi on February 3, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Wait! Didn’t the Target stores fight to keep unions out?

beedubya on February 3, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Actually Minnesota has never had a Republican legislature before the 2010 elections gave them control of both houses.

thuljunior on February 3, 2012 at 4:33 PM

http://www.leg.state.mn.us/lrl/histleg/caucus.aspx?body=s

Minnesota Senate was R/Conservative in the 1951-1970 timeframe…

http://www.leg.state.mn.us/lrl/histleg/caucus.aspx?body=h

And the House, about the same…

So not “never” but if you’re not 40+ then not within your lifetime. I’m not sure but I suspect the Governor knows this information, or could find it before he claims

We’ve had Republican legislatures and Republican governors and nobody’s every run that one up to try to get a constitutional amendment….

What happened in 1971 that might have changed things? PELRA ring any bells? I’m sure the Governor has heard of it:

The Public Employment Labor Relations Act (PELRA) establishes the rules for collective bargaining between Minnesota public employers and representatives of public employees.

There hasn’t been a Republican controlled legislature since then… and they’ve got some things they’ve seen in the past 40 years they’d like to discuss.

Binding arbitration? Not since PELRA.

Does anyone think the Government has done a really good job of negotiating on the taxpayer behalf to keep government costs down?

gekkobear on February 3, 2012 at 7:09 PM

cost of living is tied directly to wages….wages go up, so do costs of living, check out the rediculousness around DC. 7 of top 10 most expensive counties? The move in was started in the mid 90′s, it’s all scumbags (lobbyists, politicians, other rich folk, etc)

John Kettlewell on February 3, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Kansas has been right to work since 1958. Here is the list of right to work states,
Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wyoming and now Indiana.

MJZZZ on February 3, 2012 at 7:47 PM

I absolutely hate paying my union dues. I look at the mouth breathing democrat party apparatchiks that comprise our leadership and weep for labor. The money gets stolen from me to be squandered on union bureaucrats and democrat propaganda.

tom daschle concerned on February 3, 2012 at 9:51 PM

if a person dosent want to work in a union shop,why are they woking there in the first place? republicans better understand alot of republican voters are proud union members,and they know this is union busting. dont like unions,dont apply!!!

svs22422 on February 4, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Governer Moonshine will veto any right to work legislation. Unless Republicans in the legislature have enough votes to override that veto it will be a wasted effort. They have majorities currently but without DFL support they don’t have enough votes to override a veto. Good policy but, we shouldn’t bring it up until it can pass.

jpmn on February 5, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Nelson Gopher hockey and wrestling has also had a good deal of success over the past few decades.

jpmn on February 5, 2012 at 2:14 PM