AFP-North Carolina congratulates Michigan AFP on Right-to-Work

December 11, 2012

Decries Union Violence Against AFP Volunteers

RALEIGH, NC – Americans for Prosperity – North Carolina today released the following statement in response to the passage of Right-to-Work legislation in Michigan, while expressing disappointment at the union-led violence against Americans for Prosperity volunteers.

Click here to watch the Fox News video of union brutality against AFP.

“I would like to congratulate my Americans for Prosperity – Michigan colleagues on today’s historic vote making Michigan the 24th right to work state – all in the face of brutal union intimidation and violence,” explained Dallas Woodhouse, North Carolina state director of Americans for Prosperity. “The actions of the union protestors in Michigan show why we need to keep Right-to-Work and other worker freedom protections here in North Carolina.”

“Right-to-Work has helped been a critical tool protecting worker freedoms in North Carolina and boon for job creation. Some union protestors in Michigan may not yet realize it, but worker freedom is a great step forward for them and for the Michigan state economy.”

In the hours leading up to the vote union members became violent, tearing down the Americans for Prosperity – Michigan tent and stomping it while elderly volunteers were trapped underneath, all while chanting “this is what democracy looks like.”

“We are very disappointed that union protestors resorted to violence in their desperation to stop worker freedom. Americans for Prosperity believes that grassroots organizing should always be peaceful, orderly, and respectful of the rights of fellow citizens,” Woodhouse continued. “We will continue our practice of peaceful, law-abiding grassroots advocacy as we continue to make North Carolina a stronger state for workers, taxpayers, and all residents.

North Carolina is already a Right-to-Work state, but some opponents of Right-to-Work have attempted to repeal the law in recent years. Americans for Prosperity supports codifying the law into the Constitution to protect workers from the loss of this important freedom.

“As more states move in the direction of freedom, it is important for North Carolina to continue to protect workers and to keep its comparative advantage by codifying Right-to-Work and the ban on state worker collective bargaining in the state constitution. Right-to-Work makes North Carolina attractive to both workers and business owners who know that Right-to-Work is good for the overall economy,” said Woodhouse.

“While we are sure Governor-elect Pat McCrory and the leadership of the General Assembly have no desire to repeal our right to work law, fringe elements opposed to worker freedom continue to press for changes towards more forced unionization. In order to permanently protect worker freedom, AFP will press for a state constitutional amendment guaranteeing Right-to-Work. This will send a signal to future generations and future employers that Right-to-Work in North Carolina is here to stay.”

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