Don’t Pass Go … King offers new bill

Don't Pass GoU.S. Rep. Steve King (R-IA) wants to put an end to “monopoly bargaining” in a big way. So, he’s decided to do something about it.

“Every American and their employer should have the power to negotiate the terms of their employment, and no American should be forced to pay union dues just to get or keep a job,” King said today after authoring the National Right to Work Act. “However, when Congress enacted the National Labor Relations Act in 1935, it established the concept of ‘monopoly bargaining,’ which forces workers who want nothing to do with a union into paying union dues and abiding by the union’s rules and contracts.”

“As early as 1947, Congress tacitly admitted that this violates the rights of workers,” he added. “Therefore, even while making ‘forced unionization’ the default, they allowed states to ‘opt-out’ if they passed Right to Work laws. Twenty-four states have now done so, and have been able to mitigate the negative effects of misguided federal labor law on their citizens and their economy. However, the fact remains that Congress created this problem in the first place by making forced unionization the default position for all states. Since Congress created this problem, it is Congress’s responsibility to correct it. The National Right to Work Act does so by simply erasing the forced-dues clauses in federal statute — without adding a single letter to federal law.”