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Sunday, October 30, 2016


Vote YES On Va. “Right-To-Work” R2W Ballot Amendment

Roanoke Times, 10-11-2016, Pg Va 1, 6: Unions oppose right-to-work measure
Of course Unions want to kill the Right-To-Work (R2W) Amendment!
Virginia has become a Democrat dominated state and the unions are counting on the Democrats to kill the current R2W laws ASAP.
An Amendment makes it much harder to do that!
Virginia has been a R2W State for a long time and has reaped many rewards for its workers, businesses and government.
Under Va. R2W, workers can choose to join a union or not.
Under Va. R2W, If working in a union-shop, workers can choose to financially support the union (pay dues and other fees) or not.
If working in a Union-Shop In a Union-State all union dues and fees are automatically “deducted” from workers pay-checks, just like taxes, whether the worker wants to belong or not!
Businesses can do business in Virginia with assurances that they can hire, fire and negotiate with workers for pay and working-conditions and workers still have the option for a third-party union organization to represent them.
Hopefully workers recognize that union-leaders often have agendas and objectives of their own choosing and selection of union leadership may not be a democratic process.
(Voting against Jimmy Hoffa’s reelections was not a good option)
Businesses have massive state and national laws, rules and regulations to comply with and adding unions onto those burdens is counter-productive for both existing and potentially new businesses.
The state and taxpayers benefit from R2W by avoiding the burdens of “prevailing wage” union demands being placed on all state and local contracts.  These burdens wipe-out the concept of competitive bidding and massively run-up the cost of all government contracts.
Also, there is less probability of strikes and work-stoppages being called by over-aggressive union leaders trying to justify their existence and pay.
Unions do not create jobs.
Unions do not save jobs (only successful businesses save jobs).
On the contrary:
Unions can and do drive businesses and jobs out of communities and states.
New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Connecticut are prime examples of Union Run States.
The Mercatus Center at George Mason University ranked all the states for economic health
NY 42
NJ 48
Mass 49
Conn 50  -- worst in the US – what an accomplishment!
A Clear track-record of Democrat and Labor Union Successes!
Vote YES on Amendment 1

Dear Friend,

   When voters head to the polls on November 8, 2016, they will vote on two proposed constitutional amendments. One of these proposed constitutional amendments is the "Right to Work" amendment, or Amendment 1.
   The Right to Work amendment establishes constitutional protection for workers who do not want to be forced to join a union. This amendment would make it unconstitutional to force any employee to join a union or pay union dues in order to get a job or keep the one they currently have. This amendment protects the rights of workers and protects workplace freedom. Joining a union should be a choice, not a mandate from union bosses or special interests.
   Right to Work helps our economy. Businesses, especially large manufacturing businesses, prefer right to work states. Almost 40% of manufacturers insist on operating in Right to Work states.
   Income growth is also higher in Right to Work states. Over the last decade, income growth has been higher in right to work states than forced-unionization states. Income in Right to Work states grew by 15.5% compared to 9.6% in forced-unionization states.
   Right to Work states consistently have lower unemployment rates than forced-unionization states. The median unemployment rate in right to work states is 4.6% compared to 5% in forced-unionization states.
   Right to Work states are creating more jobs than forced-unionization states. Over the last decade, private sector employment in right to work states grew by 15.9% compared to 9.6% in forced-unionization states.
   In the past decade, two states that were force-unionized states are now Right to Work states, Wisconsin and Michigan. Since Wisconsin adopted its Right to Work law in 2015, unemployment has dropped by nearly one percent. Since Michigan adopted its Right to Work law in 2012, unemployment has dropped from 9 percent to just over 5 percent.
   Passing Amendment 1 in the Constitution of Virginia is important. Even though Right to Work is already the law, Constitutional protections are stronger and harder to overturn. The right to work and work without fear of coercion should be permanently enshrined in our state bill of rights. I encourage you to vote YES on Amendment 1, "Right to Work."
CHARLIE Signature  
Delegate Charles Poindexter
9th District, Virginia House of Delegates
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