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We know right-to-work means more jobs and better paychecks for workers. But a Wall Street Journal editorial published earlier this week highlights another reason why right-to-work laws are so important: rampant corruption within unions.
Union officials are using the mandatory dues hardworking employees are forced to pay to line their own pockets instead of benefiting the members they supposedly represent.
“In the past two years a total of 143 labor leaders and staffers have pleaded guilty or been convicted of federal crimes,” the editorial points out.
Among the examples the editorial cites are:
With this level of corruption, it’s unfair to force workers to hand over their hard-earned money to these organizations.
“Why pay dues for minimal benefits if there’s a good chance the money will be stolen?” the editorial asks.
In right-to-work states, members can hold their unions accountable. If they feel their dues are being misused, they’re free to leave the organization without losing their job. So far, 28 states have ensured their residents have that freedom. It’s time for more states to join that movement.
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