January 10, 2012
Republican “Party Line” on Right to Work a Departure from Reality
Chairman Holcomb’s recent statements simply wrong
Portage, Indiana- This morning, David Fagan, Chairman of the Lunchpail Republicans PAC and an Officer of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150, released the following statement in response to Indiana Republican Party Chairman Eric Holcomb’s recent “Party Line” article about “right to work”:
I have worked with Eric Holcomb many times in the past. I know him and respect him, but on this matter he is wrong. He wrote that passing a right to work bill “is about freedom, personal choice, and workplace fairness and equality.”
If he truly believes that “right to work” is what it will take for Hoosiers to enjoy those things, I have some news for him.
•Federal law already prohibits forced unionism. (N.L.R.B. v General Motors, 1963)
•Employees cannot be forced to pay dues, but only the cost of administering the contract they work under. (Communication Workers of America et al v. Beck et al, 1988)
•Workers are only represented by a union when a majority of workers vote by secret ballot to support the union or lawful voluntary recognition by the employer. This is called democracy. (National Labor Relations Board procedures)
“Right to work” is not about freedom or workers’ rights. It is about the government interfering in the private sector, telling private businesses what they can and cannot do. Republican leaders have been unable to produce any solid evidence that this law would bring one more job to Indiana, but studies have proven that this would cut wages and reduce healthcare for all Hoosier workers.
The Republican leadership must stop wrapping itself in the American flag to push laws that will hurt the working people who they represent.
David Fagan is Chairman of the Lunchpail Republicans, Financial Secretary of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 150, and president of the 14,000-member IUOE Indiana State Branch. Fagan was appointed by Governor Daniels to the Indiana Port Commission in 2007. He has also been appointed to the Law Enforcement Training Board by Governors Daniels, Kernan, O’Bannon, and Bayh. He was twice elected to the Portage City Council and spent many years as a Republican Precinct Commiteeman.
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