Take Action Today on National Right-to-Work Legislation
On February 1, 2017, U.S. House of Representatives members Steve King (R-IA) and Joe Wilson (R-SC) introduced H.R.785, the “National Right-to-Work Act”, which would implement a Right-to-Work scheme across the country. The bill applies to all unions covered by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) or the Railway Labor Act (RLA). If passed, this law would directly impact Members of TWU Local 556 by eliminating the rights of union members to include union security clauses into Collective Bargaining Agreements.
Background on Right-to-Work Legislation:
Right-to-Work legislation prohibits Union Members from negotiating Union security agreements that require all Members to pay their fair share of the cost of Union Representation and Contract Negotiations. Because of this, Unions in Right-to-Work states typically see a decline in Membership, a reduced treasury, and weaker bargaining power. Also, Workers have a lower quality of life under Right-to-Work laws. Wages are lower, people are less likely to have health insurance, and poverty levels and workplace fatality rates are higher.
What Can You Do? Take Action:
TWU is focusing on grassroots Member action to prevent this law from passing. We encourage you to call your Congressperson and ask them to oppose H.R. 785. Click here to find your Congressperson’s contact information.
What should you say?
“Hi, my name is _________ and I’m a member of the Transport Workers Union, Local 570, the Union of Envoy Air Aircraft Mechanics, Inspectors, Ground Service Mechanics, AC Cleaners, Stock Clerks & Fleet Service Clerks. I’m calling today to urge you to take action to OPPOSE H.R. 785, the national Right-to-Work bill. This bill attacks my union rights and will cut my pay and benefits. The quality of life is far worse in states with “Right-to-Work” laws. Poverty levels are higher and people are less likely to have health insurance. Elected officials should focus on creating good jobs, raising wages and making it easier to raise a family.”
“Please let me know where Representative __________ stands on H.R. 785.”
The staffer will now ask for your name, address and/or email. After you provide this information it’s time to end the call.
After finishing the call, please Click here and let us know how your Congressperson stands on H.R. 785.
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