On March 18th, North Carolina celebrated 74 years of critical workers’ rights laws. Among other things, these laws protect North Carolinians from forced union membership. Unions are oftentimes shamelessly political, and protecting workers from being required to pay dues into a union that will donate to politicians they disagree with is a critically important free speech issue.
Disturbingly, our Democratic-held Congress is attempting to push through “The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act.” This legislation would overturn right-to-work laws in North Carolina, as well as 27 other states. Some of the most egregious aspects of this legislation, according to State Policy Network, are:
- Repeal right-to-work laws, resulting in many workers being forced to join a union in order to keep their jobs.
- Make it extremely difficult to work as (or hire) an independent contractor.
- Impede on franchise owners’ ability to run their businesses as they see fit.