On Monday, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced Senate bill 525, the National Right to Work Act. The act would seek to protect the freedom of individuals to refrain from joining a labor union if they so choose. This would eliminate existing federal forced unionism provisions, a move which Dr Paul casts as an assurance of the right to freedom of association.
Specifically, “The National Right to Work Act repeals five provisions of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) – which governs private sector employees – and one in the Railway Labor Act (RLA) – which governs airline and railroad employees – that authorize the firing of workers for the refusal to pay union dues”.
“The National Right to Work Act stands up for all American workers by ensuring their ability to choose to refrain from joining or paying dues to a union as a condition for employment. It respects their fundamental right to freedom of association, and it is time for the federal government to follow the lead of Kentucky and other states by passing Right to Work,” said Dr. Paul.
National Right to Work legislation has been a priority for Senator Paul since he won his first election in 2010, a priority which has been reflected in his hiring. Doug Stafford (who has held titles such as Chief of Staff, Senior Advisor & Chief Strategist) was brought onto the Rand Paul team after serving as Vice President for the National Right To Work Committee.
You can read S. 525, the National Right to Work Act, here.