Every year our state legislature proposes hundreds of bills and changes to existing laws. Many bills go completely unnoticed by people and the media. There is one bill people need to pay attention to because it would mean the elimination of many freedoms for workers.
The corporate servitude law (Bill Number) is designed to take away workers’ freedom to negotiate wages and working conditions by destroying unions. Simply put, this legislation says workers can benefit from a union contract and not have to pay union dues. What happens in states that have passed these corporate servitudes laws? Most workers end up not paying dues, defunding the unions that represent them. Once union contracts are eliminated corporations no longer have to negotiate with workers. The wages, benefits and workplace protections previously guaranteed by a contract will be ignored by corporations.
If you think this can’t happen in our state, take a look at states where these corporate servitude laws have already passed. The average worker in states with corporate servitude laws make $1,540 a year less; are less likely to have job-based health insurance, and have a 36 percent higher rate of workplace deaths. Is that really what we want for our state? Our legislators just got elected and re-elected on the promise of creating jobs and improving our economy. How will taking away workers’ freedoms create jobs?
Every year, corporations spend millions of dollars lobbying our legislators in an effort to change or enact laws, all for the sake of making more profit. This bill is the latest attempt to boost profits at the expense of workers. The unions that fought for the freedoms for all workers will no longer be there to fight for us.
Overtime and workplace safety laws would be in danger. The state minimum wage could be rolled back to as low as the federal minimum wage. Who will be there to fight for them once unions are gone? Will you even know if these laws are being changed?
Corporations will begin a race to the bottom on wages all for the sake of higher profits. And once corporations start cutting wages how long will it be before workers lose vacation time, sick time and healthcare for their families? Every company would quickly follow suit to remain competitive, eliminating your freedom to go somewhere else for work.
The freedoms all workers have gained from unions have long been taken for granted. Today, many workers assume the workplace laws unions fought for and won years ago cannot be changed. This corporate servitude law is the first step on the road to changing all of those laws. Once they change, who will have the power to set things right?
It’s time to stand up and tell our elected representatives that they are there to protect workers’ freedoms. If we want to create jobs that pay a living wage and improve our economy we cannot bow down before corporations and we must not give in to their corporate servitude law. Help protect the freedoms of all workers in our state. Contact your legislators today and urge them to vote no on (bill number).