The failed June 5th recall election of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was supposedly over collective bargaining reform, but syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer points out that the real battle was over ending automatic collection of union dues by government: “Without the thumb of the state tilting the scale by coerced collection, union membership became truly voluntary. Result? Newly freed members rushed for the exits. In less than one year, AFSCME, the second largest public-sector union in Wisconsin, has lost more than 50 percent of its membership.”

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels ended that practice in his state seven years ago, and 91 percent of public union members no longer pay dues. Then, on February 1st of this year, Daniels signed legislation making Indiana the 23rd Right to Work state so that no workers, public or private, can be forced to join a union or pay dues against their will.

The Walker recall failure shows that a politician can stand against forced unionism and still keep his job. It is time for Oregon politicians to take such stands. They should stop forcibly collecting union dues from unwilling workers. Then, they should make Oregon the 24th Right to Work state so all workers can keep their jobs without some third party coming between them and their employer.

 

3 Responses to “End Forced Unionism Now”

  1. Burton June 16, 2012 at 1:02 am #

    I second that motion and will stump for it in my campaign.

    Burton Keeble

    Republican Candidate for Oregon House District 27

  2. BT June 16, 2012 at 5:40 pm #

    Where do I sign up to get this long overdue option on the books in Ore-Be-Gone. Nothing but the finest………

    • Steve Buckstein June 17, 2012 at 6:49 pm #

      You can “sign up” for this policy change by asking your state legislators to pass it into law when they next meet in January.

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