Maintaining Alabama’s Status as a “Right to Work” State The first way to create an atmosphere that will stimulate the creation of jobs for Alabamians is to keep Alabama a “Right to Work” state. As a legislator in Montgomery, I have always been a supporter of Tuscaloosa’s working class labor force. Historically, many of my patients have worked at the local BFGoodrich tire plant and belong to the Local 351 United Steelworkers union. I believe the voluntary organization of unions and collective bargaining can be an important component too in ensuring a fair treatment by management. However, this must remain a voluntary decision and must not become a requirement to obtain a job. The part of Alabama’s Code titled, “Freedom to Join or Refrain from Joining Labor Organizations,” (Section (§) 25-7-6) gets it exactly right: “Every person shall be free to join or to refrain from joining any labor organization, except as otherwise provided in Section 25-7-13, and, in the exercise of such freedom, shall be free from interference by force, coercion or intimidation, by threats of force or coercion or by the intimidation of, or injury to his family.” Alabama’s “Right to Work” status is an advantage in recruiting potential industry to settle in our state. The rejection of forced unionization is one of the primary reasons many domestic and international companies, such as Mercedes of Tuscaloosa or Honda of Lincoln, are choosing to relocate and make Alabama their new home for manufacturing. Less than half of all states in the United States are “Right to Work “ states. In fact, Alabama is only 1 of the 22 remaining “Right to Work” states across America. As Governor of Alabama, I will keep Alabama a “Right to Work” state. I will also work with my like-minded colleagues in other states to maintain the status of the Southeastern United States as a “Right to Work” manufacturing corridor. We must protect the workers secret ballots’ in any vote to unionize in order to prevent the use of strong-arm intimidation tactics on honest, hardworking laborers who want to preserve their independence. Open votes (non-secret ballots) to create unions in Alabama create an unacceptable coercive environment that produces intimidation and impedes the expression free will by the people of Alabama. I believe the root of Detroit, Michigan’s 15.3% unemployment rate began with that state government’s mandatory unionization of its civilian workers. This is not limited to Michigan. Mandatory unionization of other historically manufacturing states Jobs and Opportunity for Alabama http://www.BentleyMeansBusiness.com/ 8
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