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  •  The role of ALEC in "right to work" legislation (6+ / 0-)

    In 2011, and effort was made in Maine to pass a right to work bill. Known as LD788, proponents here relied on the same bogus argument that people in Michigan are now being subject to: that in order to work in a union shop, a worker would need to join the union.

    LD788 was indefinitely postponed by the Maine House, and so died. But many Mainers still think that workers in a union shop are forced to pay union dues - they are not. They do have to pay a "service fee" to the union calculated to cover the expenses incurred by the union representing non-members as required by federal law.

    I want to repeat that: unions are required to represent non-members by federal law.

    In writing about LD788, I happened upon similar efforts in other states. In turns out that Republican legislators in Missouri, and New Hampshire, and even Michigan were also pushing right to work bills.

    So similar that the bills contained identical language.

    Language provided by ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council.

    Form follows function -- Louis Sullivan

    by Spud1 on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 10:18:08 AM PST

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