The Beck Decision
Beck decision is one of the most important special
projects we've ever embarked upon-
The major reason for such slim margins in the
House of Representatives and in the Senate is
the growing political strength and influence of
organized labor. They have over 400 union political
action committees and have increased the flow
of union PAC dollars a staggering 89.2% last election.
We are now exposing organized
labor's "Achilles Heel" - the "Beck
vs. Communication Workers" decision. In
1988, the Supreme Court ruled that it is a violation
of the constitution's first amendment to
force employees to pay union dues that are used
to support political candidates or causes.
The unions, by a combination
of misinformation, intimidation, and obstruction
have managed to stonewall all efforts to enforce
it. In this decision, the court found that
79% of each member's dues were not used properly.
In the state of Washington voters passed a "paycheck
protection" initiative in1992- where 85%
of the teachers in that state declined to have
their dues spent on any type of political contribution.
In its' wake, the number of total public
employee union members willing to have a portion
of their union dues used for political contributions
plunged from 40,000 to 82. Can you imagine the
ramifications to the labor movement if labor loses
union funds on a scale of this magnitude? Can
you imagine the results in the next election with
organized labor so crippled?
The defenders of the welfare
state are gathering for another assault. In 2004,
the unions, along with their allies- the trial
lawyers and environmentalists- spent hundreds
of millions of dollars in a desperate attempt
to bring back the "tax and spend" philosophy
that brought this country to the brink of bankruptcy.
The assumption that every small business has unlimited
funds and a bottomless pocket from which to support
their employees under any contingency, from cradle
to grave, shows how ignorant the anti-business
forces are about where money comes from. 40% of
union members voted against Bill Clinton in 1996,
and 42% of union members voted for George Bush
in 2004. Yet most union members are either unaware
they can decline their political contributions
to the union, or get that dues money back if they
President George Bush Sr.,
through the Department of Labor, required federal
contractors to post Beck notices to their employees,
but President Clinton rescinded this as one of
his first official acts in office.
Thomas Jefferson once wrote
"To compel a man to furnish contributions
of money for the propagation of opinions which
he disbelieves is sinful and tyrannical."
This year, we hope to get a
sponsor for a federal bill, and will be pleading
our case to President Bush as well.
***We also plan to push for
the "National Right to Work Act" which
would repeal the current federal authorization
of compulsory unionism, thus permitting workers
to decide whether or not to join a union at all.
Currently, 29 states DO NOT
have right to work laws
Proclaiming Liberty to America's Small Business
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