Presidential candidate Kamala Harris: We need to ban right-to-work laws
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Presidential candidate Kamala Harris: We need to ban right-to-work laws

Speaking at a recent a Service Employees International Union (SEIU) event, Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris said there there is a need for “banning right-to-work laws.” It’s unclear how Harris plans to do this from the federal level, as Right to Work laws are state laws that guarantee a person cannot be compelled to join or pay dues to a labor union as a condition of employment.

“Kamala Harris wants to make absolutely sure that we know she’s an authoritarian,” says Elizabeth Nolan Brown at Reason.

Right-to-work laws are often framed by Democrats as an anti-worker policy. In fact, all they say is that employees can’t be told to join a union or pay union fees as a condition of employment. They’re still welcome to do so; they just have to make that choice for themselves.

In the topsy-turvy world of Harris and other Democrats, however, giving workers options is no good. If elite forces in Washington think workers would be better off joining unions, then they’re just going to override the will of individual employees and state governments across the country. Do as they say! Or else! For your own good.

Sure, some low-income workers might think their hard-earned dollars are better spent on securing immediate material well-being for them and their families. But Harris thinks their dollars would be better off with a massive and bloated international organization that can help her presidential campaign. I mean, have you seen SEIU’s massive mansion across the street from the White House? How could any group so swampy be wrong?

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Joe Carter

Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).