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Sen. Rand Paul
On February 1st, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced S204 - the National Right to Work Act to, in his words,
seeks to preserve and protect the free choice of individual employees to form, join, or assist labor organizations, or to refrain from such activities.
Which just goes to show how much of an idiot Rand Paul is. No one is forced to pay union dues. While it is frowned upon, if you don't want to pay dues you don't have to. Of course that makes you a leech and moocher as you will be getting all of the benefits of a union contract without paying your share.

Senator Paul goes on to say:

"Every American worker deserves the right to freedom of association - and I am concerned that the 26 states that allow forced union membership and dues infringes on these workers' rights," Sen. Paul said. "Right to work laws ensure that all Americans are given the choice to refrain from joining or paying dues to a union as a condition for employment. Nearly 80 percent of all Americans support the principles and so I have introduced a national Right to Work Act that will require all states to give their workers the freedom to choose.
Of course Rand Paul is getting his "80% of all Americans" statistic from the not at all biased National Right to Work Committee. As a matter of fact a look at their web page tells you exactly where Rand "Not an original thought in his head" Paul got this idea.

Of course the National Right to Work Committee claims that they are...

...neither “anti-union” nor “pro-union.” The focus is on individual freedom. The Committee affirms the right of all Americans to be free of compulsory unionism abuses.
What a crock of shit. Unions built this country and unions are what will make this country stronger. Luckily with the Senate in Democratic hands this bill has no chance of ever seeing the light of day.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 06:36 AM PST.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions.

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  •  The "right to work for less" he should have said. (7+ / 0-)

    What a total douchenozzle he is, Rand Paul.

    What is truth? -- Pontius Pilate

    by commonmass on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 06:42:08 AM PST

  •  AquaBuddhism for Everyone (4+ / 0-)

    why limit stupidity to a few reactionary states

    false consciousness is essentially a result of ideological control which the proletariat either do not know they are under or which they disregard with a view to their own POUM (probability/possibility of upward mobility). POUM or something like it is required in economics with its presumption of rational agency; otherwise wage laborers would be the conscious supporters of social relations antithetical to their own interests, violating that presumption

    Warning - some snark above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ "We're like a strip club with a million bouncers and no strippers." (HBO's Real Time, January 18, 2013)

    by annieli on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 06:50:37 AM PST

  •  If he had Republican principles... (4+ / 0-)

    ...wouldn't he oppose a new regulation barring businesses from entering into certain kinds of contracts with their employees?

    Because that's what so-called "right to work" laws are: government regulations on the free-market right of businesses to enter into contracts. In this case, government restricts businesses' freedoms by telling them that their contracts with the unions representing their workers can't have an item that makes paying agency fees a condition of employment.

    A Republican who truly believed in the principle of fewer government regulations and rules for businesses would oppose so-called "right to work" as an infringement upon businesses' freedoms.

    This lays bare the fundamental Republican hypocrisy: For all their bullshit about being for "free markets" and "liberty," what they really want is to make government a tool of the business fat-cats in their quest to squeeze as much profit as possible out of the American consumer and the American worker.

    "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

    by JamesGG on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 06:57:20 AM PST

  •  "No one is forced to pay union dues." (2+ / 0-)
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    johnny wurster, Eddie C

    Uhh... yes, you are, in a non Right-to-Work state, if you work at a company that has a union.

    Union Shop

    •  No (4+ / 0-)

      You do not. You have to pay your portion of fees related to collective bagaining; however, you do not have to pay union dues.

      "Republicans only care about the rich" - My late Father (-8.25, -7.85)

      by Mark E Andersen on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 08:13:07 AM PST

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      •  Those would be the union dues. (0+ / 0-)

        So you're saying you don't have to pay all the union dues.

        If the NLRB ruling stands, they'll have to include that part used for politics as well.

        •  No they are not (1+ / 0-)
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          ...union dues. Just because you keep saying it does not make it true.

          "Republicans only care about the rich" - My late Father (-8.25, -7.85)

          by Mark E Andersen on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 11:06:48 AM PST

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          •  That's how they show up on your paycheck. (2+ / 0-)
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            Roger Fox, Eddie C

            It'll have one line, under deductions, as "union dues"

            Not sure how much clearer it could be.

          •  Mark E Andersen, you are just plain wrong (0+ / 0-)

            I'm 42 years Union and proud of it. Were I not forced I would be more than happy to pay my Union dues but I am forced under a collective bargaining agreement.

            If you want to split hairs by claiming that the 4% of my salary that I gladly pay is not union dues and only that tiny pittance I pay for stamps in my book are the only real union dues, well that's up to you.

            But I work in a Union Shop and 4% of my salary, some that goes to pension and welfare, some for organizing and some for Union office administration, wherever it goes if I work I pay.  

            Ron Paul is tool of the employer and he is trying to stamp that out not just in right to work states but everywhere so as to further weaken Unions. That's his point and my point is that we need to fight to give rights to Unions to collect obligatory union dues in union shops to keep those shops Union.      

            •  No, I am not... (0+ / 0-)

              It is just not something that is well known or publicized.

              "Republicans only care about the rich" - My late Father (-8.25, -7.85)

              by Mark E Andersen on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 07:20:14 PM PST

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              •  You don't have a fucking clue. (0+ / 0-)

                I guarantee that I've been a Shop Stewart more years than you been in a union but you got your your lesser known facts to rationalize.

                I know everybody is always right here no matter what evidence you put before them but why don't you just cut your bullshit and adjust the very misleading facts in the diary text.  


                •  Remeber Kos' don't be a dick rule... (0+ / 0-)

         just crossed that line. This conversation is now over.

                  "Republicans only care about the rich" - My late Father (-8.25, -7.85)

                  by Mark E Andersen on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 08:58:03 AM PST

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                  •  it all depends on your definition of dick (0+ / 0-)

                    Like when rank and file union members try over and over to explain the fact to you and provide links to prove those facts, it pretty dickish when you can't articulate your misleading and false points but keep arguing anyway.

                    The fact of the matter is that you don't understand the reason for the bill and are unaware of the bite this bill has because you don't understand a Union Shop.

                    Your diary as stands damages union causes but you don't really care, do you.  You browsed the internet and found some way to complain about Rand Paul. As far as the fact that such a bill will never get beyond committee that dosen't matter either. You got to put Rand Paul in the title.

                    You are right about one thing, we are finished because I know that you bring nothing to the table. And I know I'll never see you at anything I'll write.  

                    •  The NLRB disagrees with you (0+ / 0-)

                      ...and since you won't leave it alone...

                      What are the rules about union dues?

                      The amount of dues collected from employees represented by unions is subject to federal and state laws and court rulings.

                      The NLRA allows employers and unions to enter into union-security agreements, which require all employees in a bargaining unit to become union members and begin paying union dues and fees within 30 days of being hired.

                      Even under a security agreement, employees who object to full union membership may continue as 'core' members and pay only that share of dues used directly for representation, such as collective bargaining and contract administration. Known as objectors, they are no longer full members but are still protected by the union contract. Unions are obligated to tell all covered employees about this option, which was created by a Supreme Court ruling and is known as the Beck right.

                      An employee may object to union membership on religious grounds, but in that case, must pay an amount equal to dues to a nonreligious charitable organization.


                      "Republicans only care about the rich" - My late Father (-8.25, -7.85)

                      by Mark E Andersen on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 04:35:00 PM PST

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                      •  I guess you can't even remember what you wrote... (0+ / 0-)

                        in the diary. So I'll remind you.

                        Which just goes to show how much of an idiot Rand Paul is. No one is forced to pay union dues. While it is frowned upon, if you don't want to pay dues you don't have to.
                        And now you are posting a link that clearly states members are obliged to pay pay "that share of dues used directly for representation, such as collective bargaining and contract administration."

                        Like I wrote above Union Members explained the facts to you and since you are never wrong you just went on an on.

                        You don't have any idea what Unions are up against and you don't have any knowledge of Unions. Stop writing about us. We don't need you.

  •  Just repeal whats left of the Wagner Act. (0+ / 0-)

    get it over with...... Punk ass bitch.

    FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

    by Roger Fox on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 12:28:17 PM PST

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