Why Right-to-Work-for-Less is Wrong for Alaska Families
November 18, 2013
Alaska possesses one of the stronger labor movements in the United States, with a union density rate only second to that of New York State.
“It’s popped up in the legislature more than few times,” he said. And the lessons of Michigan, where Gov. Rick Snyder rammed through right-to-work legislation in a matter of weeks after claiming to oppose it, stands as a warning for unionists everywhere.
To prepare union members and voters, Alaska unions – including Local 1547 – hosted a series of trainings last week throughout the state about what right-to-work really means for working families.
Right-to-work makes itillegal for collective bargaining agreements to require nonunion employees to pay fees, even while unions are still legally required to represent those workers.
Gordon Lafer, a professor at the University of Oregon’s Labor Education and Research Center, spoke at the Juneau training.
As reported by KTOO radio:
Hodson says it’s important for union members and their allies get to be informed, so when they talk to fellow members and the community, they know what they are talking about.
“Having more facts – reliable facts – to have a decent conversation about what we’re really talking about, that’s the main reason I’m here,” Local 1547 Assistant Business Manager Rodney Hesson told KTOO about the training.
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