If President Obama Wants To Create Jobs He Should Support The National Right To Work Act

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Tonight during his State of the Union address, President Obama will be talking about jobs and the economy. If he’s serious about that, he should back Senator Rand Paul’s National Right To Work Act which would “the current provisions in federal labor law that authorize compulsory union dues and fee payments as a condition of employment.”

Why is that important? Because when a workers right to choose when it comes to labor organization is protected the economy does better. From the National Institute for Labor Relations Research (chart via Mark Perry):

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Of all the economic reforms Congress may consider this year and in 2014, S.204 would surely have the strongest positive impact for incomes and jobs. The potential boost S.204 could give to the national employment market can be illustrated by the U.S. Department of Labor’s data for civilian employment in the 50 states from January 2009, the month Barack Obama took office as U.S. President, through December 2012. This is the most comprehensive Labor Department gauge of job growth available.

In the 22 states that had Right to Work (RTW) laws on the books protecting employees from forced union dues throughout the past four years, civilian employment has grown by a net 1.51 million, or 2.7%, since January 2009 (see chart above). Meanwhile, in the 27 states that lacked Right to Work laws prior to December 2012, civilian employment fell by nearly 240,000, or 0.3%.

All the eight states with the highest percentage job growth from January 2009 through December 2012 — Florida, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia — are Right to Work. Meanwhile, seven of the nine states with the worst job losses are forced-unionism.

Put simply, when unionization is forced jobs are destroyed. When unionization is a choice, jobs are created.

The problem for President Obama is that the unions are perhaps his most important political constituency, and what’s best for the unions isn’t what’s best for America.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • WOOF

    Not if he wants to create good jobs with a living wage.
    RTW jobs where people work and qualify for food stamps and medicaid.

    • Spartacus

      He doesn’t want to. Never has. His objective hasn’t even been to be a successful President, which he’s obviously failed in achieving. The objective has been to be the first black President an impossible goal for a wigger. You can blame his mother for that failure if you’d like, but you can’t change how authentic his ethnicity is, ever.

    • Roy_Bean

      North Dakota is a Right to Work state and has the strongest economy of any state in the nation. In a RTW state, unions have to be more responsive to members opinions and actually have to sell the idea (fact, in my opinion) that union membership has advantages. They also have to deal in a responsible way with the employers that they bargain with. I’ve been a union member for 40 years and I think that people who spout your line of BS actually hurt unions more than they help.

      • WOOF

        North Dakota has struck gold, before the state was losing population. These are the good times, make hay.

        • http://nofreelunch.areavoices.com/ Kevin Flanagan

          Until the Feds cut it off?

        • Thresherman

          The economies of the RTW states as opposed to those who do not have it puts the lie to your comment about good wages. Unions are a parasite that is killing the host and when the host starts to falter the parasite only demands more.

          • WOOF

            The WSJ: “private-sector employees in right-to-work states earned an average of
            $738.43 a week in the past 12 months, 9.8% less than workers in states
            without such laws, according to an analysis of Labor Department data
            that DIDN”T include health-care and other benefits.”

          • slackwarerobert

            $700 a week, I don’t know anyone who can’t live on that. You can even make a house payment with that. So I guess the living wage is already here.

    • slackwarerobert

      Then get rid of food stamps and medicaid, then they won’t qualify. I think you are confusing the bus boys washing dishes with skilled jobs. The former should be a low wage or he gets replaced with whatever replaced maytag when the state ran them out of business. Now if you want to raise the minimum wage in your state, call your state rep, and send more companies our way. It would be better all around if you CUT the taxes instead of raising the taxes on people. Then they have the same amount of money as your wage increase, but have more job opportunities, and a chance to save money because everything else doesn’t go up in price with the “raise”

  • Spartacus

    Nobody seems to realize that he’s using his half ethnicity to form tensions for political advantage. He’s black ant blacks are currently seeing unemployment rates in the 13 percent range while whites are seeing ranges around 8 percent, meanwhile he cavorts Latinos at the expense of the blacks.

    When is it going to dawn upon those he’s using that ObamAA- is just a wigger whom his supporters heaped political opportunity upon? And why are they surprised that he has reacted to his new found power in this manner?

    • http://nofreelunch.areavoices.com/ Kevin Flanagan

      He’s a two bit shyster from the South Side of Chicago by way of Hawaii, Indonesia and who knows where else; what can you expect?

    • Dirty Harry

      We have 47.5 months remaining of his reign of terror. The sad thing is, in 2016 we’ll elect Hilary or Biden, and wish we could go back to Obama.

  • mikemc1970

    Is he going to focus like a laser on the economy? Deja vu.

  • JoeMN

    Who really owns those jobs ?
    Those who created them, or the unions with their hold on the Democrat politician’s ear (as well as a few more bits of anatomy) ?
    But the real force of destruction is the public sector union.
    We can never get a handle on this fiscal insanity we face while the fox remains dictator of the hen house.

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