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Right along side the right to keep and bear arms there should be a constitutionaly guaranteed right of workers to organize and collectively bargain.

All workers, whether privately or publicly employed, shall have the right to organize and collectively bargain with their employers for wages, benefits and working conditions.

Neither Congress nor any state may legislatively infringe upon this right. Nor may any Executive infringe this right by executive order.

Workers who chose not to join or financially contribute to an organized union in their workplace shall not receive any benefits of any contract negotiated thereby.

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Originally posted to TC MITS on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 01:26 PM PST.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions.

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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)

    The whole premise of being Republican is the awful thought that somewhere, some poor person has a dollar that some rich person actually deserves. - Olbermann, at Cornell, 3/31/2011

    by TC MITS on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 01:26:58 PM PST

  •  Workers *have* the right to "organize". (0+ / 0-)

    The problem is that anti-worker laws make it illegal for an employer to willingly sign a contract that binds non-union employees.

    To make it legal, we have to frame the Amendment as a "Freedom-to-Make-Contracts" clause.

    •  With the stroke of a pen (0+ / 0-)

      Scott Walker effectively eliminated my "right" to collective bargaining.

      I want the constitution to say he can't do that.

      The whole premise of being Republican is the awful thought that somewhere, some poor person has a dollar that some rich person actually deserves. - Olbermann, at Cornell, 3/31/2011

      by TC MITS on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 09:43:37 PM PST

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      •  and don't forget (1+ / 0-)
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        that many other states do not allow collective bargaining for public employees, and some that do only do so under executive orders that can quickly disappear after an election that goes the wrong way.  Also, the National Labor Relations Act excludes  several categories of private sector workers as well.

        An amendment enshrining the right to organize and collectively bargain for all public and private sector employees would be fantastic, as would making the so called "right to work" laws illegal.  Unfortunately, until some more ground work is laid, I don't see it happening.  I think emphasizing reform to the NLRA and to state statutes is probably more effective in the short term.  Perhaps utilizing the initiative system for progressive change in states where it is allowed and might have a chance at passing.

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